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To ask what 'triggering' means on a thread?

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Jillspa Fri 02-Sep-16 20:03:00

I'm fairly new to MN, and I see this on loads of threads - I think I've got some sort of idea, but could someone please explain it to me?


AdelindSchade Fri 02-Sep-16 20:08:32

The writer thinks there is something on the thread which could set off an extreme emotional reaction in someone else.

DanglyEarOrnaments Fri 02-Sep-16 20:09:27

It means that the content could trigger a traumatic emotional response in some readers who may have experienced something within the content.

AdelindSchade Fri 02-Sep-16 20:12:10

Don't really see the need for it when it is abundantly clear from the title what the thread is about.

Jillspa Fri 02-Sep-16 20:12:42

Ah - that's what I thought it meant - but thanks for explaining more fully.

WellErrr Fri 02-Sep-16 20:17:53

It's also very overused.

'Does my cat look sad? <triggering: sad animals>' etc.

KittyKrap Fri 02-Sep-16 20:23:21

Some poster started a thread and had a picture of a buttered crumpet in it last week. Apparently she should have had 'trigger warning' for those scared of, me either hmm

Jillspa Fri 02-Sep-16 20:25:33

The two last examples made me laugh!

Jillspa Fri 02-Sep-16 20:27:10

I didnt' realise it was so overused - I've basically seen it in relation to things like eating disorders etc - tbh - I don't often open threads with WARNING - TRIGGERING on them because I generally like the more lighthearted threads (not because I would find them triggering /traumatic as such)

Hayels Fri 02-Sep-16 20:48:39

I appreciate the warning people put on spider photo threads!!

StuffandBother Fri 02-Sep-16 20:52:25

the request for a 'trigger' warning on the crumpet thread made me proper lol

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