“tw” is short for trigger warning, and “cw” is short for content warning. Tagging these things properly makes it so people who have blacklisted those triggers won’t see those posts on their dashboard.
Some people use the “tumblr savior” extension for firefox and chrome, and some people use the tumblr Xkit blacklist extention. They both work about the same way.
Now, a trigger is an image or a word, or anything really that “triggers” a memory and/or a feeling and can cause anything from a violent panic attack, to a lingering sense of unease, and many other reactions,
it’s different from person to person.
There are some general things I tag with tw, like
- blood tw
- gore tw
- violence tw
- abuse tw
- body image tw
- eye trauma tw
- emetophobia tw (vomiting)
- rape tw
- suicide tw
- self harm tw
Because those are things that are quite widespread, and common fears/triggers people have (unfortunatly)
Now, a trigger can be anything, so there are some other things I tag as tw because a follower asked me to, for example
- cannibalism tw
- veins tw
- water tw
- poison tw
- animal harm tw
etc. So that’s stuff I wouldn’t tag by default, but I do because a follower asked me to.
A content warning is different from a trigger warning. These are things that I believe don’t count as triggers, but can still cause unease for people, for example
- flashy cw (for people with photosensitive epilepsy)
- eye strain cw (for people with migraines)
- food cw (for people with eating disorders/a sensitive stomach/religious reasons)
- religion cw (for people made uncomfortable by all kinds of religious imagery)
What you tag as cw, and what you tag as tw is really up to your own gut feeling.
Go with with you think is right, and if you’re in doubt, tag it anyway, just to be safe.
And it never hurts to just ask your followers!
Also, you might come across people who tag their triggers differently, you might see, for example,
- gore /////
- gore 12556945
These methods of tagging your triggers doesn’t work, it doesn’t get picked up by all blacklist software, so the best way to tag is
I hope that was helpful! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!