FAQ: Blog and Accessibility

Is this blog about [name or category of stim toy]?

Nope. It’s a general stim toy blog that’s moving away from the resource side of stim toys to more general stim toy and neurodiversity conversations. My speciality is fidget toys, as that’s my primary means of stimming, and I know a bit about fake Tangles, but this isn’t a specialised blog.

Some days there will be a flood of asks about one particular toy or toy category. What happens is that an ask generates responses, usually by people offering more information or inspired to ask questions relating to that topic. The scheduled posts, though, will be about a mix of stim toys, and the topic that’s in vogue changes from day to day.

Of late it leans a little more towards Tangles, simply because I kind of know what I’m talking about, and with the new flood of fakes on the market, people are wanting reassurance.

Why do you describe images?

The very short answer is this: to give the most amount of people access to information.

Many disabled people might not be able to access information depicted in a photo or video. For example, blind people, people with vision disabilities/low vision, folks who struggle to process images or videos, folks who can’t watch videos (because moving image, risk of seizure or sensory overwhelm) and folks who can’t watch GIF images (because moving image, flickering, risk of seizure or sensory overwhelm). I navigate the internet with a GIF blocker as an add-on to my browser because the flickering in GIF images can trigger sensory overwhelm, headaches or seizures. A description means I still know something of what’s going on; it means I am included.

You know those reaction and response GIFs folks like to use here on Tumblr? I don’t get to join in on that joke: because not enough people tag moving GIFs, in order to keep myself safe, I block all of them. I don’t follow GIF-heavy posters and I still scroll past something like twenty blank images a day where my blocker shows a blank white image. A description lets me join in on the joke. Descriptions here on this blog let more stimmers get meaningful information from a resource post, including the visual details most people don’t include in a review or write-up on the assumption that this information is visible to all.

I want to exclude as few people as possible, so, descriptions.

Do I need to describe the photos in my submitted posts?

Photos and images in most original posts are described on this blog because I’m trying to make the content here accessible for the largest amount of people. By now most followers are accustomed to the kind of content and formatting we add to reblogged posts, and why, and I appreciate it when people format their own content to match my approach.

Descriptions aren’t a requirement, as we don’t wish to keep disabled people from sharing their thoughts with the community, and there are reasons why some people can’t describe. Folks who attempt a description, even if they aren’t sure, are wonderful!

Can you promote my store or Tumblr sales?

Yes, if you provide a post (either via @ mention on your own blog or via submission) that contains the requisite information. I very much need you to format this for me.

My grammar/punctuation/spelling/English isn’t very good. Can I still submit?

Absolutely. I’m an editor, and proofreading and correcting is much easier on my hands than typing additional information (like an image description) into a post. Please submit. These things can be easily fixed via mouse-click and I have no problem with doing so.

Can you review this toy I’ve made/sell?

I’m happy to provide an honest, linked, detailed product review in return for your providing the toy. Otherwise, since I pay for the toys I review here and that becomes quite expensive, especially if I need to ship the item internationally, I don’t write product reviews on a seller’s request. Please send an ask and I’ll discuss with you any shipping limitations you might have, as I am based in Australia.

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