Major inspiration for this post and the content drawn from here; taking a look at the linked post would likely be in your best interest if you're new to the concept of triggers.
This post will specifically address triggers and use of the word 'trigger' in the context of our wiki.
I would also like to mention that I am not attempting to 'gatekeep' use of any of these terms; I just want to make some clarifications.
If you are currently experiencing a trigger/squick/discomfort response and need some support or resources, there's some available here.
Skip to the bold TL;DR at the bottom of each section if you are unable to read all of the information, and please take a look at the list of prohibited topics found at the bottom of the post.
Trigger: something (an image, sound, word, etc.) that your brain associates with trauma or a traumatic event, even if the direct connection is vague or invisible to you or others.
Triggered: experiencing a trauma response, flashback, panic response, or relapse due to exposure to a trigger.
You do not necessarily have to consider yourself a victim of trauma to use the word 'trigger', but you should experience a response similarly severe to those listed above. A trigger is not something that makes you uncomfortable or uneasy. Some alternative terms to 'trigger' for when the response you're experiencing is less severe than described above:
Squick: something that 'squicks' you makes you feel disgusted, repulsed, uneasy, uncomfortable, or otherwise feel negative upon exposure.
Squicked: to be disgusted, repulsed, or very uncomfortable after exposure to a squick. This feeling can usually be tolerated, but is associated with some level of discomfort; a squicked person will usually want to leave the situation promptly.
Discomfort/Uncomfortable topic: similar to squick, this is something that makes you uncomfortable or uneasy without necessarily eliciting a disgusted response.
Uncomfortable: feeling uneasy, unnerved, tense, or upset after exposure to something uncomfortable/a known discomfort.
TL;DR - 'Trigger' means a severe panic or trauma response; if the subject (image, sound, word, etc.) only makes you uncomfortable/disgusted/uneasy, use 'squick' or 'discomfort/uncomfortable [subject]' instead.
Censoring & Trigger Warnings
People with triggers may have adverse reactions to certain words. Censoring these words is beneficial for many people with triggers (though not everyone finds it helpful).
When you censor a word you still know what it says, but it can be a lot less jarring to read a censored word because of the disconnect it creates between the word itself and the usual response it causes.
When censoring a word, you should replace the first vowel with a non-letter character. Examples of some characters used commonly for this:
T*pic, T/pic, T-pic.
A trigger warning is used to tag a potentially triggering topic, giving people with sensitivities or triggers a choice in seeing the content. Some may choose to not access the content, while others use the warning to prepare themselves; being aware that you'll see a trigger can help manage your response to it.
To add a trigger warning or content warning to something, write "
TW [trigger]", "
TW// [trigger]", or "
TL;DR - Censor the first vowel of triggering words (specific words listed below), and attach a trigger warning to any discussion of triggering topics by adding "TW [topic]" to the title or beginning of your post (topics requiring this listed below).
On our wiki, we only require common triggers to be censored/tagged. These are listed at the bottom of this blog.
If a thread is focused around your trigger it is advisable to remove yourself from the situation and unfollow the thread.
While you are not prohibited from making a "censor [word]" request anywhere, other users are not obligated to abide by it, particularly if the word is a large part of the thread (eg. "Whirlpool" in a thread about villains). You can request that people censor or do not mention your triggers on your message wall.
Going out of your way to use someone's trigger word after they've asked you to censor it is considered harassment and may result in a warning or block. Polite refusal is fine, but you still should not use the word on the user's message wall out of courtesy.
TL;DR - We only require common triggers to be tagged and, while you can politely ask someone to censor or not discuss a word or topic, it is not a rule that other users must abide your request. Do not harass users with their trigger words if you refuse a request for censoring.
List of triggering topics
Please note that adding a trigger warning to a post does not necessarily mean it will stay up; this is a wiki about a children's book series, and some things simply cross a line of what is acceptable to discuss here.
Topics/images that should not occur at all:
- Face reveals/IRL images of users
- R*pe/Sexual assault/CSA
- Slurs or detailed discussion of bigotry/hate crimes
- Real-life NSFW images, including IRL gore/blood and anything suggestive or sexual
- Detailed descriptions/discussion of any topics listed below
Topics that need trigger warnings and censoring:
- Self-h*rm (can be written as SH)
Topics that need trigger warnings but not censoring
- Antisemitism/Islamophobia/Religious discrimination or anti-religious sentiments
- Drug/Alcohol mentions
- Abuse (including animal abuse) (not including sentiments like 'abuse of power' or 'abusing glitches')
Images that need content warnings:
- Images of insects, especially spiders
- Images of needles or pills
- Drawn images of gore
- Severe gore should not be posted at all
- "Candy" or "pastel" gore still requires a warning
- (Non self-h*rm) scarring, amputated limbs, and physical deformities do not need to be warned for or censored unless they expose internal organs, bones, or are depicted with blood