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    I believe we are beginning to see the downfall of YouTube as we know it. They are really going way and beyond to ruin their own platform/reputation.

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      That has been happening for couple years now. All the content that made youtube popular are nowadays shunned and banned by recommendation algos. In short, if it cannot be monetized by US linear TV standards, it cannot be found in search or recommendations. So unless you already have several hundred thousand followers (and ads enabled), your content is family friendly and you have used thousands of dollars worth of equipment there are no new viewers.

      This did hit people filming motorcycle related videos pretty hard, as apparently that is very media unsexy content in US. Which happens to most of my youtube subscriptions, from most I watch every video they produce. And my youtube “home”/“recommended” section is full of everything that is not related in any way to my most watched stuff.

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        yes. This is the straw that breaks the camels back. The blocking of help videos of a 3D modeller is going to be the downfall of YouTube. Unable to learn how to use their 3D modelling software, the masses will wander off to different venues in droves.


        (without snark: nobody outside of our little circle here cares about this. Not the advertisers, not youtube, not the general audience, not the press. The is entirely inconsequential to youtube’s future)

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          You might compare it to gentrification. You cater to the middle ground, the cool stuff around the edges is pushed out, the really creative people abandon the platform, you’re left with the most generic content. Blender is just the latest victim of a broad trend.

          Most people may not “care” about Blender specifically, but they should care about an opaque platform that caters to the IP needs of multinationals in overly broad ways and incentivizes some really messed up behavior.

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          It will be awesome to see what the video hosting landscape will be like when PeerTube reaches its height of popularity!

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            I was checking peertube yesterday and it’s a huge change from youtube user experience. A lot more involved, and a lot less intuitive. I have hard time imagining mass adoption with what I saw. Are there any good beginner friendly tutorials/intros to peertube out there?

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              Take a look at https://d.tube/ too. It’s much closer to the youtube experience.

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                You can always checkout this I guess: https://joinpeertube.org/en/#how-it-works

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            I love this post for teaching me about the existance of PeerTube

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              Let’s hope PeerTube will make a dent on YouTube.

              Activity Pub ALL the things!

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                I love blender, one of the most amazing pieces of free software out there that proves you can compete with commercial software. It’s a shame youtube is doing this to such a great project.

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                  This page didn’t make much sense until I realized it’s several updates in reverse chronological order.

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                    meta: misuse of the ‘video’ tag, which is used to note whether the linked page is video content (this is an article)

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                      Wow. Seems like if your content is too popular and doesn’t make them ad revenue, they want you to gtfo. “This ain’t no charity, this is YouTube! The ads must flow.” Am I wrong?

                      On the other hand, this PeerTube thing seems pretty cool.

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                        When you put it that way it’s a little harder to hold this against YouTube - you’re right: they ain’t a charity. However, typically for YouTube, they seem to have handled it badly.

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                          They support charities though: https://www.google.com/nonprofits/products/youtube-nonprofit-program.html

                          I’d be interested if the Blender Foundation is part of that program.

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                          It would be ok if they forcefully enabled ads on popular channels “to cover bandwidth costs”, but they ban and don’t say what is the reason.

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                            What prompts you to come up with an uncharitable explanation when a bug is a reasonable explanation? Do you see statements to that effect, a wave of YouTube removing, say, the billion hours of amateur video that never get viewed, something?

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                              Well, the email thread said nothing about a bug. The only problem seemed to be lack of ads. If this were a wave, this is what the beginning might look like. It doesn’t appear to be, since the videos are back.

                              If you read the contract Blender posted (there have been updates), I wasn’t too far off. It’s not “the ads must flow”, it’s “Google has the sole right to show ads, monetized or not.” You can’t include an ad in a YouTube video that they don’t get a cut of, but they can show ads whether you check that box or not.

                              Why should I act charitable towards a non charity, though? They’re clearly tilting the table in their direction. How do I choose between assuming the best and fearing the worst?

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                                The emails look like a confused bureaucracy triggering an automatic response and a clueless support response. Being charitable isn’t about them, it’s about understanding that mistakes are more common than maliciousness. Today there’s an update (titled “Wednesday June 20 2018”) confirming that this was a series of errors on YouTube’s part that they’ve resolved.

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                                  “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” (Robert Hanlon)

                                  Or understandable human error. Or ridiculous bureaucracies. Or…

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                                    Never follow a rule so blindly you get taken advantage of..

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                                      That’s also true and 100% compatible with the other heuristic.

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                            Videos are back online now.