Choose Not to Warn

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Synonyms: CNTW
See also: warning, trigger warning
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Choose Not to Warn is a type of warning that became popular as a result of 2000s debates over whether fanfic should include trigger warnings. It was suggested as a solution for fanfic authors who did not want to provide content warnings in the headers of their fanfic.

The Archive of Our Own has implemented this warning as a required tag. When posting a fanwork to the archive, users must select the applicable archive warning:

  • No Archive Warnings Apply
  • Choose Not To Use Archive Warnings
  • Graphic Depictions Of Violence
  • Major Character Death
  • Rape/Non-Con
  • Underage

"Choose Not To Use Archive Warnings" was created in late 2009 to replace two previous tags: "Choose Not To Warn" and "Choose Not To Warn For Some Content".[1] As of 2019, 35% of the works on AO3 are tagged "Choose Not To Use Archive Warnings".[2]

The anon meme fail_fandomanon is a Choose Not To Warn community.


  1. New change to the AO3’s “Archive Warning” system – Organization for Transformative Works, Archived version, posted 2009-12-18.
  2. As of February 16, 2019, 1,616,574 out of 4,561,071 works are tagged Choose Not To Use Archive Warnings.