Previously, the Black Sheep Project created a "content warning" sticker to be used on profiles that had information in the biography that might cause distress to the readers. The sticker has been used sparingly and only about 50 profiles carry it.
With increasing frequency this year, "content warnings" have appeared on profiles:
THE FOLLOWING PROFILE MAY CONTAIN INFORMATION, DEPICTIONS OF HISTORICAL EVENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION THAT MAYBE DISTURBING OR TRIGGERING FLASHBACKS IN POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER SUFFERERS, WHICH MAY BE UNCOMFORTABLE. IT CONTAINS, PHOTOGRAPHS, DOCUMENTS, DIRECT QUOTES, OR PHRASES OF THE TIME PERIOD AND /OR/ ARTICLES THEY ARE DERIVED FROM. THE WORDS AND PHRASES USED DO NOT REFLECT THE BELIEFS OF THE WIKITREE PROFILE MANAGER, CREATOR, OR PROJECT MANAGERS.
and on the profile of an enslaved person:
Content warning: isolation
No slaves from neighboring farms were allowed on the Ramblet farm, they would get whipped off as Mr. Ramblet didn't want anyone to put ideas in his slave's heads.
Content warning: physical hardship, neglect
The women had to split rails all day long, just like the men. Once she got so cold, her feet seemed to be frozen; when they warmed a little, they had swollen so, she could not wear her shoes. She had to wrap her feet in burlap, so she would be able to go into the field the next day.
"Content warnings" have been discussed this week inside the US Black Heritage Project Google Group and in the Leaders Google Group. I'd like to open this G2G thread for the community to discuss the subject of content warnings.
Is there a need for a content warning sticker? If there is, should there be any criteria for its use? If not, why not?
Should "content warnings" (text, not the use of the sticker) be allowed? Encouraged? Avoided? Disallowed?
And thanks for your participation in this discussion.
Edit to add:
Please upvote the answer(s) below that you argee with. They are in order:
Yes: I agree with having a content warning sticker
No: I don't think we should have a content warning sticker
With conditions: I think the content warning sticker is OK but should only be used with certain criteria
Yes: I think that members can add text content warnings (aside from the use of the sticker)
No: I don't think that text content warnings should be used