Comment ratings on YouTube

YouTube recently made a series of changes to their commenting system. Any long term YT user will know what that means. They fucked the comment system beyond all recognition. I don’t think YouTube have ever managed to change the comment system without screwing it. Then they have to apply fixes until they sort it out.

This time was probably their biggest fuck-up ever. That’s a big call but they really borked the system totally. You literally can’t see follow comment thread. Answering comments actually results in the comments no longer being visible. The “view all comments” function doesn’t… ummmm… function.

BUT they’ve done one good thing. They’ve introduced a ratings system for comments. Anyone familiar with Slashdot, Reddit or Digg (among others) will be familiar with this concept. I’m really hoping this concept takes off with users, to me it’s the ultimate way to do with haters.

Comment ratings make blocking and deleting comments superfluous. If you’ve worked to develop a community then the community will vote down idiots. You have an adjustable filter that lets you set a threshold for what you see – when a comment gets sufficient downvotes it becomes “invisible” although you always have the option to see the comment if you really want to.

I like it because it takes the power away from random idiots and gives it to the community. Of course cliques can develop and people have a tendency to downvote comments simply because they disagree with them. People are people and people are imperfect. But haters are fuck-heads and I’ll take any weapon I can use against them.

It turns out that surprisingly few people on YouTube were familiar with the concept of comment ratings, so I did this instructional video to help out:

For those who might not want to watch a video, here are the comic book images I used to make the video:

comic page 1

comic page 2



Filed under Video Blogging, YouTube

5 responses to “Comment ratings on YouTube

  1. nomoregoatsoup

    That has to be the coolest angry I’ve seen yet. The comic book style really looks great, halftones and all.


  2. E0157H7

    Nice comic.
    Handguns seem inelegant. Perhaps in order to comment, one must obtain and wear a small USB peripheral that has a dermal electrode attached to it. Should one’s comment be rated down low enough, an educational shock would be administered by the creator of the video.

  3. goatsoup: yeah, I’ve done it once before – I really should do some more. Actually, I’ll add the still images to make them easier to read.

    E0157H7: The Blogging Bot From The Future suggested something similar in a previous video. Well, because he’s from the future, he didn’t so much suggest it as say it was going to be invented. By me.

  4. hehe…Dealing out judgement…

    Yes, the comic book style is really great. Amazing really. How do you do that?

  5. I’m loving the comic book style mate.

    As a Diggaholic I’m glad to see the ability to rate comments on YouTube.

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