Laura explains our new approach to highlighting blog post content that may be triggering or upsetting

 As you may have noticed, we have now moved tags for blog posts to the top of each post. This is the result of an internal discussion as to how we can best alert readers to content that may be triggering.

As evidenced by the comments under Louise McCudden’s piece on trigger warnings earlier this year, there is disagreement as to how and when trigger warnings should be used, particularly given that different individuals have very different triggers. In some cases, the term has come to be as shorthand for “upsetting”, which some people view as appropriative, preferring instead to use “content notes”.

We like the idea of content notes, as they give readers the opportunity to decide for themselves what may be triggering, upsetting or simply not something they want to read at a given point. As we already use tags to indicate post content, we decided the simplest solution would therefore be to move these to the top of posts, and ensure we tag posts as thoroughly as possible. In some instances we may feel that the tags are not sufficient, for example if the post contains a graphic description of violence, in which case we will include an additional note at the top of the post.

If you have any feedback on this approach, either now or at any point in the future, please do get in touch.

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