Hey all, I've updated our policy on content warnings on posts. You're now required to use content warnings for posts that include sex, kink, genitals, or common phobias, as well as any images that may cause photosensitivty concerns. For the full text of the new rule, click 'Show More'.
Mastodon has a built-in content warning feature. When making a post, you can click the 'CW' button to add a few words that will be shown before someone sees at your post. If your posts are going to be on the local or federated timelines ('public' posts), they'll be seen in places where kinky or sexual content might not be expected. Content warnings allow your posts to be visible across the fediverse, without causing discomfort for people who don't want to see the topics you're posting about.
There is no 'best practice' for putting content warnings on posts, so it's good etiquette to consider requests from people who'd like to follow you. However, on this instance, there are a couple of things you're required to include in content warnings, if you're posting about them:
- A 'kink' CW for any kink content. You may want to be more specific, e.g. 'hypno kink' for posts about hypnosis kink, or 'bondage, d/s kink'.
- 'sex' for any content involving the act of sex, or 'genitals' for depictions or descriptions thereof.
- Flashing images (like spirals) that may cause problems for people with 'photosensitivity' issues.
- Common phobias like 'snakes' or 'spiders'.
If you're unsure of whether or not a post needs a content warning, being cautious and including a couple of words that touch on the major points is usually a safe bet.
@drowsydawg That would be very cool, unfortunately there isn't a way to do that that I'm aware of. I remember hearing something about an instance that automarked all public posts with a specific cw, but I don't know if it was on a per user basis or not. I'll see if I can do anything to make content warnings easier
A Mastodon instance for the hypnosis community; 18+, queer, and getting very sleepy.