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reflecting on content warnings & stuff 

If there's one thing I've learned to value irl by existing in this online space, it's content warnings.

I think they encourage good communication habits overall, and not just because they help people avoid triggering topics. For me, "is there any reason someone wouldn't want to hear this?" is an important question to ask before adding my thoughts to any conversation.

I never really thought about it that way before joining mastodon.

reflecting on content warnings & stuff 

It's not *just* a matter of offering somebody an out before bringing up a harsh topic. I think asking first before trying to take up a lot of space or upset the vibe, and encouraging others to do the same, is a really good strategy that meaningfully helps to balance out most conversations.

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reflecting on content warnings & stuff 

I like having consensual conversations with people who want to hear it. I like helping other people steer the conversation with me when I have something to say. I like to encourage active listening with little verbal requests instead of demanding everyone else's attention.

Maybe this is dumb, but adopting that attitude has steered me out of some bad antisocial communication habits, and imo it just makes talkin' to folks a lot more enjoyable.

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LB: I'm so used to CWs now, I'll get annoyed if I'm looking at twitter or something and see a post that would obviously be CWd on here, until I remember that twitter (the company) is still in the dark ages when it comes to considering the health & safety of their users

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