Content notes, trigger warnings, safer spaces and SSP


I’ve noticed a few people using these as a way to make sure discussion is respectful and inclusive. Just a few tips:

  • An unnecessary warning can itself be triggering – if the description of the content has as much information as the content itself then it might be redundant and mean someone decides not to read something that they may otherwise have benefited from or enjoyed interacting with.
  • You need to provide some indication of what the content actually is. If you just say ‘Trigger warning’ or ‘Content warning’, we have no way of knowing what it refers to, and again it may mean people are put off reading something unnecessarily and it becomes less inclusive.
  • It’s good to familiarise yourself with common issues that people have experienced trauma around and that might be painful or cause anxiety but there’s no substitute for being mindful, adaptive and listening to other people when they say something affects them negatively.
  • Adding a trigger or content note doesn’t relieve you of your duty to be as respectful as possible and to word and frame the topic in a way that takes account of and respects people’s experiences. If someone is triggered by something, it is never their fault even if they have decided to read something with a warning or note attached.

I found this post quite useful

We also sometimes talk about safe spaces (or ‘safer spaces’ since we can never really guarantee a space will be entirely safe for everyone) which is denoted by ‘SSP’. This means that the user has designated that topic as particularly sensitive or difficult for them and, in short, is asking that other users behave accordingly. A higher standard is expected in these topics and users being insensitive, by e.g. making fun of people, can expect action to be taken by moderators.

Please also familiarise yourself with the blur spoiler function and use it if posting images that other users might find disturbing or unpleasant (especially anything depicting violence) with a note about what it is.

Thank you for reading! :cat2:


^this to the OP


request to sticky this to the top of the forum please mods

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Thanks DarwinBabe.

Just out of interest, if a content warning can itself be triggering, and if lack of context can be unhelpful, how should I have tagged my Ricky Gervais thread this morning?

Like this? TW: Infant Death


I’ve not experienced that or spoken to people about experience of it so I’m not really sure to be honest but I think that would sound sensible to me (but as I say not a person who could say for sure)


Nice thread.


What happened to #ssp?


I think newer users won’t know what it is and last time it was explained and discussed, it wasn’t received well at all and people have been pretty hostile about it. But if people find it useful then sure, go ahead.




From what I’ve seen SSP has been a complete success, excepting point about new users of course


ok updated this thread cause I think people are still using it and it certainly requires explanation.


good job

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was this unpinned?

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Please don’t post photos of dead people or link to photos of dead people on here.