content warning

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content warning is a feature of a post create UI where an author can hide by default some or all of the primary content of a post due to some concern about the nature of the content.

IndieWeb Examples

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fluffy publishes some posts with content warnings, which means they are treated differently when displayed on index pages (including RSS/atom feeds), vs. in the full entry context.

Some examples:

Other Examples


Trove is an Australian-based website that has pop up content warnings that provide cultural advice for indigenous peoples who may have issues with images and audio of deceased persons.

Screen capture of a pop up warning that reads Cultural Adivce - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that Trove contains images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, websites, film, audio recordings or printed material with buttons to Find out More or Don't show cultural advice.

Software Support


In Mastodon a "Show More" button allows a viewer to explicitly decide they want to reveal and see the content that has been hidden by default by the author.



In ActivityPub, this post is represented with a summary property of "Indieweb-style OAuth" and the content property is the full text of the post.


Preventing Spoilers

One potential use case for a Content Warning would be to prevent spoilers. If I want to post about a new episode of Game of Thrones, it would be useful to put a CW on it with a reference to a reason (Game of Thrones Spoilers). This would allow a reader to minimize the post with a reason it is minimized "Game of Thrones Spoilers". This allows someone to tap on it and reveal the hidden message inside.


  • Is there a way to categorize CW posts so that if you unhide one of a specific category in a reader you could unhide the rest of the same category?
  • Post content of a CW would be the normal post. It would just need some way to indicate that it was a post with sensitive content and potentially a way to either provide a reason or a category. This could be as simple as adding something like a p-warning-reason or something to that extent.

See Also

Offensive Content Alert: Warning. The National Jukebox contains historic recordings that reflect the culture of an earlier era. Some of these recordings may be offensive. For more information, please read our Disclaimer.
Library of Congress National Jukebox