Is there a 'triggering' etiquette here? If so what is it, because I can't find any reference to tagging posts as 'triggering' on the FAQ.
posted by Faintdreams to Etiquette/Policy at 2:18 AM (136 comments total)
Apologies for not seeing it if it is readily available in the F.A.Q., but I was just wondering if Metafilter and Askmetafilter have any kind of 'Triggering' etiquette that members follow (or should follow).
For those of you who don't know what a Trigger is, Wikipedia defines it thus:
A trauma trigger is an experience that triggers a traumatic memory in someone who has experienced trauma. A trigger is thus a troubling reminder of a traumatic event, although the trigger itself need not be frightening or traumatic.
Triggers can be quite diverse, appearing in the form of individual people, places, noises, images, smells, tastes, emotions, animals, films, scenes within films, dates of the year, tones of voice, body positions, bodily sensations, weather conditions, time factors, or combinations thereof. Triggers can be subtle and difficult to anticipate, and can sometimes exacerbate post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition in which trauma survivors cannot control the recurrence of emotional or physical symptoms, or of repressed memory. A trauma trigger may also be referred to as a trauma stimulus or a trauma stressor.
Full Wikipedia Link here for those that need it
I know that some people consider Trigger warnings in and of themselves problematic because having a tag that says 'contains sexual assault' might in itself be Triggering. but I was just wondering if *some* warning is better than none in all circumstances - at least as far as Meta and Ask posts are concerned?
If this has already been hashed out in MeTa please provide a link, because I couldn't find previous discussions.
Please note that any time I placed a word in ' .. ' in this post it's to differentiate it from the colloquial meaning. I am not air-quoting anything. Also my grammar abilities suck today.
TLDR: I just want to know if site members follow any kind of 'Hey heads up this post might upset because of some graphic or upsetting content'
Eg a tag for NSFW but with more specificity, such as 'may contain assault' or 'features bad things happening to kittens' or 'depicts suicide'. Those are just examples off the top of my head.