So I just saw this edit in the review queue:


The user wants to add a big warning and a bunch of scrolling distance to hide a flashing image from those to whom it might be harmful. I rejected the edit because it seems overly destructive to the post. But it begs the question: how do we handle this?

For now, I will just remove the image. I will post the reasoning as an answer, since it gives one possible answer to 'how to handle this'.

  • Is there a spolier filter we could add?
    – schroeder Mod
    Jul 19, 2019 at 11:03
  • @schroeder It appears that exists nowadays: meta.stackexchange.com/q/1191/192262 But in this implementation, we'd still need a warning with enough emphasis that someone reads it as first thing before even so much as hovering over the spoiler.
    – Luc
    Jul 19, 2019 at 11:24

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As someone personally affected by this, I would highly encourage a clear warning label on potentially seizure-inducing content. Showing the content by default can be very, very unpleasant for many people, including me.

  • Thanks for providing a first-hand account! I don't (edit: didn't :) ) know anyone affected by this and have also heard people say that the impact of flashing images is exaggerated. Good to hear from someone who actually knows.
    – Luc
    Jul 24, 2019 at 10:51
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    @Luc Depends on the case. For example, a strobe light is an absolute no-go for me, but most videogames are fine for me, even if they include a "seizure warning" or "photosensitivity warning". The content in said question, for instance, is rather on the "no-go" side for me.
    – user163495
    Jul 24, 2019 at 12:50

For accessibility, yes, we should not have seizure-inducing content laid bare in a post.

Either alternatives should be used or the content hosted with a click-thru mechanism with a warning.


The user could leave a reference (the non-gif version) that contains the activating content.


At least in this case, it appears the image can be removed, since there is no need for a potentially dangerous (to humans, not security-wise) image to be used as a demo. The author of the question could find a better demo if they think a demonstration of the issue is required.

It does feel destructive to the post, however, so I'm not sure if I should be the one looking for a better demo.

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