The moderators have discussed the issue and have decided on the following policy. Comments and constructive criticism will be appreciated, but it is unlikely that the broad strokes will be changed. Assuming that there are no major issues, I will add it to the Trigger
page this weekend and it will become official.
It is not our job to account for people who have difficult with the mere mention
of rape, abuse, violence, etc., so no policy will be designed with such people in mind. In the case of everyone else, as it is not our job to be a replacement for common sense, and as a partially implemented system will be worse than no system at all, there will be no official trigger warnings. What will at will not be allowed depends on the type of page in question.
- In general, graphic images and descriptions are not permitted on the wiki anyway, so there should no new policy is needed with regards to graphic content.
- All tropes on the wiki where things like rape and abuse are described in detail (but not graphically, of course) should have sufficient low-detail warning, either through the name of the trope (if the page is about rape, abuse, etc.) or in the trope description (if the trope is often used in such contexts). As such, trigger warnings on trope pages are unnecessary and will be removed.
- Works pages should almost always be able to describe the premise of the work without any issues. In the rare cases where the premise itself is Squicky, unofficial warnings will be permitted. If the work includes problematic content, but such content is not essential to the premise, the trope list and possibly the description should make this clear. As such, no separate trigger warnings will be permitted for the content of the work.
- Subpages with examples should follow the same rules as the main trope pages with regards to content. Anyone who reads example subpages without being familiar with the name and description of the trope has bigger problems to worry about than triggering content. As such, no extra warnings are to be given on subpages. This includes Troper Tales, as both the main page and the guidelines (link at the top of every Troper Tales page) are clear as to what is and is not allowed.
- Fan Fic Recommendations should already include warnings about rape and abuse if such things are not present in the original work, so no change in policy is required here.
- For subpages like WMG and Headscratchers, common sense dictates that people may discuss content such as rape or abuse in a non-graphic fashion if the original work included such content. If you are worried about such content being discussed, it is your job to familiarize yourself with the content of the work (possibly via the main work page). There is no problem with self-censorship, of course, but censoring other people will be treated as tampering with their query/theory as usual.
In short, Fan Fic Recs should have objectionable content of any kind tagged already, works with a Squicky
premise may have unofficial warnings, and no trigger warnings are permitted otherwise
As I mentioned above, comments and constructive criticism may result in tweaks, but we will almost certainly go forward with this policy soon.
edited 3rd May '11 3:36:44 PM by Ironeye
I'm bad, and that's good. I will never be good, and that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be than me.