Ok, yeah. I’m a little confused now.
What I was imagining, per penguins’ suggestion, was a wiki post that would list games (CoG and Hosted, not merely WIPs) and under a [read more] would be a summary of potential triggers.
And yes, @Hex the community guidelines already filter for really big triggers, but there’s a lot of little smaller triggers that I don’t think any of us would expect the staff to cater to by ever including them in the forum rules. Coulrophobia, drowning, prominently featured insects or bugs, blood, etc—things that could cause a person distress but that would be too superfluous to ban outright.
I’m incredibly afraid of bugs, and had to put Grand Academy for Future Villains down during one of the scenes because a student was described as being very bug-like, and eugh. However, after I got myself together, the game ended up being one of my favorites and I replayed it about a dozen times! It’s just that in every subsequent playthrough, I was prepared for the scene. I figured a list of TWs would be a way to extend the same possibility to other users.
I absolutely agree that WIP authors would be wise to include their own TW/CW list in their first post, as that’s going to be the most likely place that people find their demo anyway. But there’s no avenue to do this with already published games, short of getting authors to update their games with a TW message somewhere, which…idk, feels a bit entitled? Unnecessary? Especially when it’s smaller triggers. Like, I absolutely would never push for Katherine Nehring to update Grand Academy just for my insectophobia.
So that’s why I think a post would be a nice middleground. It wouldn’t place any pressure on published or WIP authors or even the staff, and it would be able to include even less intense triggers, because yes. Absolutely. WIP authors won’t be able to come up with them all themselves, but as a community we can.
Further, if it is preferred to keep it for WIPs, a wiki post could also serve as an informal list of potential triggers that writers can scour and see which ones apply to their WIP if they really can’t think of anything.