The cousin of “anything with eyes in it being tagged with scopophobia” is “anything with movement in it being tagged as epilepsy/seizure warning”
I should explain why this bothers me so much
I’m epileptic, I need a seizure warning tag because it keeps me from seeing shit that gives me headaches and migraines.
But I’ve had to remove it from my blacklist and just check every individual video, closing it at the first sign of strobing or flashing effects, because people were tagging stuff like
Otters playing in a river.
A gif of a character bobbing up and down
A vine of a baby cooing
As “epilepsy warning”.
There were no strobing or flashing effects in those examples whatsoever.
See, by tagging everything as “epilepsy warning” just because something moves is actively making my life harder because I literally don’t know at which point which videos have epileptic triggering materials and which are just plain videos and gifs
It’s counter-intuitive to having the tag at all
I wonder if maybe it’s because some people are more sensitive to gifs in general? Maybe a solution would be to tag gifs in general as “gif warning” or just “gif”, while tagging stuff with strobing or flashing more specifically…
That’s how I’ve been handling it, trying to cover as many bases as I reasonably can.
I tag “gif” for anything that’s moving, and also “multiple gifs” or “gifset” depending on how close they are together since that can pose additional problems for some people. I also try to make sure to tag for “flashing gif” or “jerking gif” depending on the movement.
People with migraines, some visual processing problems, and other neurological issues going on can be sensitive to more than the flashing/strobing patterns. (Also with a decent bit of overlap there, given how many autistic people in particular that I know of also have epilepsy and/or migraines to go with assorted visual processing stuff.)
There are some other types of motion I don’t even know how to describe in any readily understandable shorthand way, which were absolutely terrible for me personally when I was having frequent seizures a while back. Wouldn’t be surprised if my own processing weirdness helped with the less usual trigger patterns frying my brain, but yeah. The general “gif” tag description is the best I can do for ones like that.
With no idea what specific patterns might bother other people–beyond the common flashing and jerking trigger patterns–the general “gif”/“gifset” tags are about the best I know to do there. Broad as that is.
Followers, please let me know if there are any specific visual effects you need tagged for a lower risk of screwing with your nervous system! (Same goes for audio, for that matter.) I’ll definitely try my best.
Saw this going around again.
I forgot to add earlier that the OP does bring up a very good point about it being better to avoid clogging up epilepsy-related tags with questionable animated stuff. A tag like “seizure warning” would be better to use.
Of course, a good chunk of them have been doing so in Britain since Thatcher. (And sometimes making cringey statements, as with our local MP a few years ago.) If under slightly different pretexts.
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