I think it would be helpful to have such a list. When I'm trying to think of tags, I don't always know what will be most useful to others. Answer: Yes, I think we can.
I intend to populate the list below with the most frequently used tags, plus any discussed in this thread which seem useful. The goal is to have a list of tags submitters can goto when they are unsure. This list is not intended to exclude new tags, only to provide guidance as to which tags are most useful to /v/asmr residents as a group. Please submit any suggestions, thanks. :-)
- [male] or [female] I begged /v/lgbt for help with this but haven't received an answer to my question (which is downvoated to negatives). Is there a better place to ask, or a better way to ask?
[intentional] The linked media was explicitly created to elicit an ASMR response. If any of the words below appear in the media title, media description, or channel name, then this tag may apply.
- [unintentional] The linked media was not explicitly created to elicit an ASMR response. Probably the creator doesn't have ASMR and has never heard of it. Be very gentle when inviting such people to the community at large, because it isn't easy for them to understand what we're all about. (Relaxation, pleasant vibes, and napping that is. :-)
- [weird] The linked media is unique in some ways which suggest adjectives such as strange, bizarre, unusual, etc. Examples include psychedelic visuals, distortion audio effects, paranormal or fantastic occurrences, atypical and unexpected locations, etc.
- [creepy] The linked media features content which may induce a sense of unease or disquiet in the audience. Examples may include costumes and props similar to those featured in horror films, morbid themes, or supernatural happenings.
- (channel name) or [channel name] Writing (channel name) at the beginning of the submission title or adding the [channel name] tag may help others track artists they enjoy.
- [hand motions] The video features carefully orchestrated, slow, or rhythmic hand motions which induce relaxation.
- [whisper] Whisper is speech distinguished by lack of voice box engagement.
- [soft spoken] Soft spoken means ordinary speech at low volume and without force.
Onomatopoeia tags may help others who seek specific sounds. If a specific sound triggers your ASMR response then yout may want something like one of these:
- [sksk][clicking][ticking][snapping]*[squishing][purring][swishing][mouth sounds] Clicking toungues, smacking lips, uvular articulations, and other isolated speech-like sounds which are not speech.
- [unintelligible] or [gibberish] Speech like sounds which do not correspond to any language real or fictional. These rhythmic vocal articulations are intended to simulate speech, but are in fact meaningless. Not to be confused with [mouth sounds], which are specific isolated sounds produced in the mouth.
- [crinkling] Sound made by manipulating paper, plastic wrapping, metal foil, etc.
- [tapping] Percussive sound made by striking one object with another object.
- [hypnosis] The linked media is intended as a hypnosis aid, or is a roleplay simulation of a hypnosis session. Applies to most kinds of mesmerism, or trance inducing acts, not only explicit hypnosis.
- [counting] Audibly speaking sequences of numbers.
- [singing] or [humming] or [whistling] The linked media contains a performer singing, humming, or whistling a tune in a manner conducive to relaxation.
- [music] The linked media contains music.
- [noisy] The linked media is interrupted by random sounds not orchestrated as part of the work. Useful for otherwise enjoyable works which suffer some unfortunate imperfections.
- [loud] The linked media contains loud sounds or music, or the audio is recorded at an unusually high volume.
- [quiet] The audio of the linked media is recorded at an unusually low volume.
- [roleplay] A performer acting out a role in the context of a fictional story. Similar to acting, but no professional training is required to be effective.
- [show and tell] The performer displays a collection of items one at a time, and shares some information about each item. Examples include comic books, jewelry pieces, personal cosmetic products, decorative gemstones, or totems.
- [instruction] Teaching or explaining something in a structured manner. For ASMR purposes it is usually done with much more detail than would be required to actually teach someone in an ordinary setting. Examples include lessons in math, language, computing, or programming. Further examples might include demonstration of artistic techniques such as sketching or painting.
- [brushing] or [camera brushing] The linked media features a hair, makeup, paint, or other brush manipuated by the artist in a relaxing manner. If the brush is directed at the camera, thus simulating contact with the viewer, then [camera brushing] is most appropriate.
- [eating] Literal or simulated consumption of edibles.
- [kissing] Literal or simulated lip touching or pursing, possibly accompanied by the lip smacking sound. In the context of ASMR works this act is not necessarily intended to arouse audience members.
- [personal attention] The artist directs personal attention to the camera as though interacting directly with the viewer. May include hand motions intended to simulate gentle touching.
[artisan] One broad tag to encompass all videos featuring focused, intricate, or skillful, work of any kind demonstrated with great detail. Such features include, but are not limited to:
- cloth or paper folding
- knitting, sewing, fabric work
- jewelry crafting or repair
- haircutting or other personal grooming
- other examples?
- [no talking] The linked media does not feature speech.
[Language] The linked media features non-English speech in the specified Language. Specific examples include, but are not limited to:
- [Polish][Russian][Spanish][Korean]*[Japanese][German][Italian][Language accent] The linked media features English speech in the accent of a native speaker of the specified language. Specific examples include, but are not limited to:
- [Polish accent][Russian accent][Spanish accent][Korean accent]*[Japanese accent][German accent][Italian accent](meta) Write (meta) at the beginning of the submission title to begin a discussion about /v/asmr itself.
- (discussion) Write (discussion) at the beginning of the submission title to begin a discussion about ASMR experiences, experiencers, research, and media coverage.