To warn or not to warn; that is the question. The whole issue of warnings is actually another thing that is far too fluid and subjective to make any real objective sense.
The only thing I regularly warned for was 'major character death'. Given my penchant for 'happy ever afters' I have very occasionally used the warning 'this is not a happy story'. Beyond that, I don't warn for anything.
To be fair I never tended to write stories that I would even consider needing a warning for. However, seeing the kinds of things that are now warned for on AO3 for example, I probably would find myself falling foul of the rules in not warning. I personally think there are far too many warnings used for fanfic these days. After all, when reading mainstream fiction the 'blurb' isn't full of warnings for this, that and the other, so why should fanfic be thus?
I do get there are trigger things and certain things people have problems with when it comes to reading - I have one myself - and I respect and understand that people can and do get upset when encountering certain things. However, as I say above; mainstream fiction doesn't come with warnings; so why should fanfic?
I don't believe I have ever warned for anything 'strange'. Yet my personal 'trigger' the one thing that will have me not only stopping dead in the middle of a story/line/sentence and will almost certainly make me never read a story by the author again is a very strange one. It's food-sex play. I'm okay with 'partner feeding' in the way one offers the other a taste of his/her food via a fork or spoon or even if it's something like a sandwich holds it for the person to take a bite from. That's fine. But once it turns into anything involving sex - or even a food fight - I have to stop reading, there and then and find something else nice and cosy to read. Would I expect it to be warned for? No.
15 – Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?
16 – Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?
17 – Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?
18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka 'bunnies') from?
19 – When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?
20 – Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?
21 – Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?
22 – Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favourite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?
23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?
24 – Betaing – How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a beta horror story or dream story?
25 – Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain 'mood' to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?
26 – What is the oddest (or funniest) thing you've had to research for a fic?
27 – Where is your favourite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?
28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?
29 – What is your current project or projects?
30 – Do you have a favourite fic you've written? What makes it your favourite? And don't forget to give us a link!