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 people claim “I don’t know what to tag!“ and so they either tag every gif or none at all. That’s why this post was made. I’m here to educate you and spread awareness.

If you follow the ‘read more’, I’ve gathered a whole army of gifs with the help of the lovely eyelash that will help you understand what should and should not be tagged. WARNING: If you are a photosensitive epileptic or bothered by gifs in general, please do not click the link below. The gifs within are many and quite triggering.

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Everyone makes stupid decisions sometimes. I looked at this post and thought, hey, before I should click the read more and see if those are really legit images before I reblog this.

Uh yeah. That said, if you are NOT photosensitive, and you’re confused by how to tag things, I think this looks like a good resource. At least the top images are definitely examples of things that should be tagged.

I now regret reblogging that post, for reasons I explained in my reply to youneedacat.

But I want to add that the top image is a good example of something other than a moving gif that can be dangerous. The top image is a static graphic, not a gif. It’s dangerous because it’s an intense moire pattern. Stuff that looks like that also needs to be tagged.

I don’t completely disagree with either of you. I don’t think there’s no difference between tagging everything and tagging nothing and if someone can’t tell the difference it’s definitely better to err on the side of tagging everything. I’m probably not going to follow someone who tags EVERYTHING because that doesn’t leave a lot of content for me to look at, if I figure out through reblogs they’re overtagging. But it’s definitely better than getting surprised.

I think regretting reblogging the entire post, with all the useful content therein for something that small is a pretty vast overreaction. The first 2 images were what I saw—it didn’t even occur to me they weren’t gifs, they were obviously (to me) something that needed to be tagged. If there are people who don’t know that, then the value of the post outweighs anything else. I might just make the note you just made somewhere.

ETA: Tagging something with #seizurewarning and then following it up with ”#not flashing #but is flickering some" isn’t going to tell me anything. That’s just going to get caught up in the seizure warning blacklist. I use multiple gifs or gif dump when I can’t handle multiple moving images or jerky gifs.

The reason I do that is because both xkit and tumblr savior have settings that allow you to see all the tags in blocked posts. So, if someone has that enabled, they could see that it’s blocked for “seizure warning” but that another tag says “not flashing”.