Baby name websites are out of control these days…

tag urself im quirt

im peabody

At least ¾ of these are actual established names, just a) foreign b) out of style or c) both. The only one that seems obviously absurd to me is Quirt.

You cannot tell me there is a child on this earth actually called “i n c r e a s e”

It’s very rare nowadays, but it was a well-known Puritan name. It’s a literal translation of the Hebrew “Joseph”.





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.

European lawmaker writes post warning about dangers of automatic copyright filters, which is taken down by an automatic copyright filter


Julia Reda is the Member of the European Parliament who has led the fight against Article 13, a proposal to force all online services to create automatic filters that block anything claimed as a copyrighted work.

Reda has written copiously on the risks of such a system, with an
emphasis on the fact that these filters are error-prone and likely to
block material that doesn’t infringe copyright.

Guess what happened next!

Topple Track (a notoriously sloppy copyright enforcement bot used by the major entertainment companies) got one of Reda’s posts
on the indiscriminate untrustworthiness of copyright filters removed
from Google’s index by automatically making a false claim of copyright


“Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former fixer, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to breaking campaign finance laws and other charges. He made the extraordinary admission that he arranged payments to two women “at the direction of the candidate,” referring to Mr. Trump, to secure their silence about affairs they said they had with Mr. Trump. Mr. Cohen told a judge in United States District Court in Manhattan that the payments were “for the principal purpose of influencing the election” for president in 2016. Mr. Cohen also pleaded guilty to multiple counts of tax evasion and bank fraud, bringing to a close a monthslong investigation by Manhattan federal prosecutors who examined his personal business dealings and his role in helping to arrange financial deals with women connected to Mr. Trump…. One of those charges stemmed from a $130,000 payment he made to the adult film actress, Stephanie Clifford, who is better known as Stormy Daniels, in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. The other concerned a complicated arrangement in which a tabloid bought the rights to the story about the former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, then killed it.”

Michael Cohen Says He Arranged Payments to Women at Trump’s Direction – The New York Times