This is just a short post that I can link to when people ask me a question about Content Warnings (CWs) on the Fediverse.
A good starting point is the 2018 Mastodon quick start guide:
My advice is simple: if you’re not sure whether a toot needs a CW or not, give it a CW. People really appreciate it and it doesn’t do any harm to be too cautious and too respectful of others.
You can also use a CW to summarise a long post. Some use it for joke punchlines. Maybe you’ll think of other uses for it. Have fun.
Things that I appreciate people putting a CW on:
- Anything related to abuse
- Strong eye contact
The way that I summarise it for people who say “why should I have to CW my posts?” is to say “so that people don’t unfollow you”.