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How to write a good trigger warning

TheMixTheMix Community ManagerThe Mix HQPosts: 2,829 Boards Guru
edited March 2021 in Help Desk
If you want to talk about something heavy, intense, or graphic, trigger warnings are useful.

They let other community members know your post might be upsetting to read, which means they can decide whether they're feeling okay enough to read it. Trigger warnings help us all look after ourselves. :)

But what does a good trigger warning look like?

A good trigger warning is:
  1. Clearly marked - using TW (trigger warning) or CW (content warning) in bold is best
  2. Descriptive - make sure the topic of the trigger is included (e.g. TW: self-harm)
  3. Followed by a spoiler - hiding the triggering content in a spoiler is a useful extra step

All together, it might look like this:
TW: self-harm
potentially triggering content

If your whole post might be triggering, it's best to add a trigger warning to the title.

Keep in mind any potentially triggering content should still be within guidelines. :)

Anything you find useful in a trigger warning that isn't included here? Feel free to share below!

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