There’s always so much confusion about this, so here are some tips.
Don’t tag something triggery with just epilepsy or seizure; epileptics and others who get seizures tend to, you know, spend time on those tags talking about those things. Occasionally someone will troll the tag with trigger posts—should you see a warning about that, repost, leaving out all the potentially saviored tags/phrases so we’ll see the warning!
For basic tumblr usage, I rely on tumblr savior for a certain level of safety. Because these triggers are not phrases in the body of the post, the tags are really crucial. So: if it moves, tag it. Obviously, there’s a whole slew of different tags available; I focus on the stuff I see most people using on both the warning and avoiding fronts.
There are different levels of movement, and some are infinitely more triggery than others.
- Blingees? Tag ‘em, they’re basically flickering lights. I have blingee and blingees saviored.
- Anything that moves very fast, very repetitively, flashing lights—think of that old gif of the dj-ing and dancing club cats—that needs either epilepsy or seizure combined with either warning or trigger. Anything that seems strobe-like should get tagged this way.
- Simpler gifs, like reaction shots, won’t cause problems for most people, largely because gifs are the lifeblood of tumblr; if you can’t handle slight giffage, you’re not nearly as likely to be on the site. In my case, for instance, when those sort of gifs get to me I need to be off the computer altogether. Nonetheless, I use either gif or moving gif with those.
- A single moving gif is processed differently from two distinct sources of independent movement. I personally like having gifset or gif set tagged, as sometimes I can handle a single gif just fine, but a set will hurt.
- A big one: TAG YOUR GIF DUMPS. I have both gif party and gif dump saviored. These are kind of a big deal, because you have tons and tons of distinct movement that can take a while to scroll through, which can be almost as triggering as a strobe-style gif.
I’m very sensitive to visual stimulation, but not so much that I can’t be on the computer—which is, of course, a set of minutely moving lights. My savior constants in terms of epilepsy crap are
- gif dump
- gif party
- epilepsy warning
- epilepsy trigger
- seizure warning
- seizure trigger
[Occasionally I see strobe warning or strobe trigger, but that’s far less common. It’s useful—just not standard.]
When I’ve got a bit of a headache but not enough to log off, my savior also includes
- gif set
I know other people who sometimes need to savior
- moving gif
When in doubt, go a level higher—I dislike missing neat posts, but I hate seizures a whoooole lot more.
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