Use of Trigger Warnings in this community
General explanations about trauma and triggers.
The community is dedicated to maintaining this wiki as a safe place for the members of this community, where all of us respect one another and extend kindness and understanding. Trigger warnings are one of the ways that we respect others and maintain a place of safety and support.
The understanding behind trigger warnings is that there are certain words, topics of conversation and content that have the potential to trigger memories and thoughts associated with past trauma. When these memories and thoughts are triggered, they can cause real emotional harm to the person in whom they are triggered.
At the same time, there are serious topics that users of the wiki may need to be able to discuss or portray in a safe place such as the one this wiki affords.
Trigger Warnings (abbreviated as "TW") are a way to allow that expression, while respecting that all users of this wiki have the right to choose the content that they read and view, and they have a right to know ahead of time if content may be triggering to them, so that they may then make the choice that is right and healthy for them: whether or not to have exposure to the content in question.
How and when to use Trigger Warnings.
There are three main ways that we respect and support others in making their own choices about what content they are exposed to.
- NOT posting certain content.
- Putting a highly visible and clear Trigger Warning on content that others may wish to avoid.
- Censoring words that relate to content that have the potential to be triggering to users.
In this article, words relating to potentially triggering content are censored. If you are unsure what a given censored word means, you may click on the word to see what the uncensored word looks like.
In any post with a trigger warning, words in a trigger warning will always be censored by putting "*" in place of at least one of the vowels. This is required when the word is used in the title of a post, and recommended (if in doubt) when the word is used in the body of the post. Trigger warnings, in order to function correctly, must be in the title because that is the only way they can be seen before the triggering content is seen. It gives the individual user the chance to avoid exposing themselves to the material.
One thing to be aware of in creative content that is posted is this: a visual image and a mental image have very similar impacts on an individual. Therefore, when determining whether or not a creative post requires a trigger warning, or whether it should be posted at all, consider that a description of a triggering concept (such as in a creative fiction) should be treated as equivalent to a visual depiction (such as a piece of artwork) of the same triggering concept.
There should be a very low threshold for assigning a trigger warning when it comes to gore or blood. In images, anything beyond slight blood is too much, and even that should have a gore TW in the title.
Any post that does not abide by this guide will be deleted and a notice issued to whoever uploaded the content.
Topics or content that are NOT permitted in any post.
(Click to see uncensored words.)
- Visual images depicting abuse
- Visual images depicting suicide
- Visual images depicting drug use
- Visual images depicting alcohol use
- Visual images depicting physical harmto people.
- Visual images depicting physical harmto animals.
- Visual images depicting excessive blood or gore
- Fan fiction that describes torture
- Fan fiction that describes or implies suicide
- Fan fiction that describes gruesome or graphic physical harm or abuse
- Any kind of detailed description in a post of any of the above.
- Anything that is directly threatening to anyone (generally or specific), whether within our community or outside of our community.
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Topics or content that require Trigger Warnings in the title of the post. (with the correct format)
- Visual images that depict small amounts of blood. (TW: Bl**d)
- Any mention of abuse. (TW: Ab*se)
- Any mention of death. (TW: D*ath)
- Any significant discussion of guns/weapons. (TW: W*apons)
- Any mention of drug use. (TW: Dr*g use)
- Any mention of alcohol use. (TW: Alc*h*l use)
- Any mention of suicide(TW: S**c*de)
- Any mention of self-harm(TW: Self-h*rm) OR (TW: S/H)
- Any mention of significant blood or gore(TW: Bl**d/G*re)
- Any mention of assault(TW: Ass*ult)
- Mention of any sort of phobia(h*m*ph*bia, tr*nsph*bia) (TW: H*m*ph*bia)
- Mentioning any other sort of bigotry (racism, sexism) (TW: R*cism)
- Any mention of eating disorders(TW: ED)
- Any mention of cults(TW: C*lts)
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Topics or content that require censoring of words only (but no Trigger Warnings)
- Any vulgar words or profanity. (However, excessive or disrespectful use of profanity is prohibited on this wiki)
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The staff recognize and are sensitive to the fact that use of trigger warnings can be tricky and/or confusing. We are always happy to help out, and you are always welcome to run content by any of us for guidance on whether and how a warning should be applied.
We also know and accept that mistakes happen. When a user makes a mistake with any of the above, we will address the content, and we will communicate with you about it. No one expects perfection, but only that we each do our best and act in good faith. It takes all of our efforts together to keep the She-Ra Wiki this wonderful place for this community that we love.
Please note that, as with every part of this wiki, we continue to strive to improve whenever possible.
If you experience any triggering content anywhere on this wiki, or if there is content that you believe you or another user would or might find triggering or disturbing, please contact one of the staff and let us know.
We can and will update this page when and as needed to help maintain a safe, respectful, and healthy environment for all of our members and users.