Social skills for autonomous people: How to Tag Gifs for People with Epilepsy: A Masterpost



Hello Tumblr! I’m here to talk about something near and dear to my heart: tagging gifs that could trigger an epileptic seizure. This is a huge issue (google SUDEP if you don’t believe me), and yet it doesn’t seem to get much attention from the community at large. Very often I see…

The reason I tag everything is that even non flashing gifs often flash when they’re loading on some of my mobile devices. And because I really have trouble telling and looking at a bunch of clearly flashing and clearly not flashing ones won’t help me. Especially because I can’t handle flashing myself.

I don’t find it at all helpful to lump people who tag all gifs in with people who tag none. Not the same. Not endangering anyone. Please leave me alone.

I tag them all, just to be safe. The ones in the last group that don’t flash once they’re loaded and move more slowly still give me headaches and make me sick to my stomach if I look at them too long, and I have no idea how some other people might respond to them. Also, the jerking when the animation restarts is a problem with some.

When I was having frequent (celiac-related hypocalcemia) seizures, some kinds of movements and sounds triggered them that don’t seem to bother most people with photosensitivity problems. And I’m obviously going to tag stuff that would have probably caused problems then. Better to be safe, is my approach there, as not-fun as seizures are.