i think a very valid point is getting lost in the discourse which is that CWs are kind of a weak form of tagging and it would be useful to expand that so people have more individual control over what they are shown

what if instead of having to decide on norms as a community (which will never be fully agreed upon) and then yell at people to CW certain things, they were automatically CWed by a tagging system and people could put things behind a CW on the receiving end

i dont think anyone is arguing against CWs, but just suggesting that the way they are implemented now could be improved

e.g. person A makes a post and tags it as food related. person B has no food filters and sees the post plainly. person C has a CW filter for food so the post shows up behind a CW. person D has a block filter for food so they dont see the post at all

i think that sounds neat

@dankwraith This would be great. I wonder about the possibilities of making it possible for other people to tag your toots as well, though, so that way if Person A isn't so great at filling out the "Content" portion, others in the community can pick up that slack.

@dankwraith requiring that kind of decision to be made in advance rather than on the fly is kind of onerous for users with minimal needs, and for those with more specialized needs, there is already content-based filtering. I think probably a better way to go about it would be to add a setting to the existing filtering options to automatically put a content warning around posts matching some filters

@dankwraith at the very least whitelists for tags that one is comfortable with would be great

@dankwraith yeah right now they kinda suck for actually filtering out things you don't want to see, too. a tag based system would be formally more consistent, more customizable for your needs, and actually make tags on the fedi actually useful.
CWs are a good social standard to set but the actual implementation of them is dumb.
@dankwraith like if we could just tag something "food" people with eating disorders wouldn't have to even look at the content warnings, they could just filter out the "food" tag and just not see it at all. and then you've already set the standard that tags are expected so if someone wants a timeline of *just* food posts, that guy can have that too.
i'm open to hearing about why this is a bad idea but to me it seems win/win.
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