YouTube – Comment rating system

Okay, so I am new to posting videos to YouTube.
A few weeks ago I made some music videos based on some of my favorite movies.
(My YouTube Channel is here)
I like them, but according to my brother I am officially a nerd for doing it. That’s okay – it’s not like I didn’t already know this. :)

Well, YouTube has made some changes in the past few days. They have decided that it was necessary to add a feature where the visitors can rate on the comments people leave for each of the videos. Suddenly we are no longer focusing on the creators of the video…we are now focusing and giving attention to the anonymous (and sometimes rude, immature and self-centered) people visit those video pages.
Here are some of my suggestions and additional thoughts on this new change.

1: I think this feature should be optional. Allow us to make the entire system invisible for those of us who do not want to be subjected to tacky little thumbs and Christmas-colored numbers every time we visit a page. The pages are cluttered enough as it is.

2: Video creators should be given an option to turn off comment voting on their own video pages. I am not looking forward to having to go through all my comments to undo the voting of ‘haters’ and those who think they are being funny by voting my responses (and those of my visitors) to red. It’s irritating and we shouldn’t have to be forced to deal with this if we don’t want to.

I don’t want to allow certain people to have that much control over my video page.
If someone has an opinion about a comment, they respond with they own comment.
If someone leaves an inappropriate comment or spam, I delete it.
This is the method that worked before and I don’t understand why this needed to be changed.

YouTube has also provided us with drop-down filters, so that we can choose to only view comments that have been rated ‘high’ or ‘low’ or ‘neutral’ or ‘all’. Unfortunately, people have already begun voting comments for their own juvenile pleasure (big surprise) and I am actually missing valid comments because of this.
I am then forced to go to the pages and play with the comment filters all day long. What a waste of time.

I go to YouTube to upload videos and to watch videos and to provide feedback to the creators. I am not there to have the general public decide whether my question or comment is worthy of a tacky-looking ThumbsUp/ThumbsDown.

A simple comment that contains a question such as “Where were you when you filmed this video?” is given a thumbs-down…why? I don’t know. Maybe they were having a bad day. If the creator responds with “I filmed it in Mexico”…well, that is just open for a bunch of people to give that answer a ThumbsDown because they had a bad experience with a quesadilla once.

I sincerely hope YouTube actually listens to us and if they don’t intend to remove the feature, at least allow us to customize the site to our liking. You can never make every person happy all of the time, but the ability to customize is essential to the process.

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13 Responses to “YouTube – Comment rating system”

  1. Anna says:

    Dear Jen,

    I just wanted to thank you for your information about your anxiety disorder. I am going through the same thing right now and have been on Prozac for 5 weeks and ativan for one week. I still feel shaky and sick and my vision is bad and my head is fuzzy. The thing that you said that really got my attention is the comment about your allergies. I have always contended that my allergies and this anxiety disorder are connected somehow. This is just my own feeling after monitoring things for years. They always happen together. Do you know anything more about this? Have you talked to your doctor about this? Thanks for any info you can give to me and how long before the Prozac works?

  2. Acey says:

    I don’t understand why all the complaints about the youtube thumbs up or down. Everything you complained about can be corrected if you just reset your prefs. right below the video and above the comments. I think people will enjoy your video more. (I myself have)BECAUSE I have more power to stop the ignorant, awful comments. It gives power to the people who are in the majority, the good nice decent people to atleast “get rid of” some of the crap in this world. Give it a chance and look at it from your viewers point of view. We love it!

  3. Jeremy says:

    Acey said:
    “Everything you complained about can be corrected if you just reset your prefs”

    This leads me to wonder whether or not you can, as a viewer, change a “thumbs down” rating to up, correcting an accidental mis-vote. Any idea about that, Acey?

  4. Jen says:

    Acey…my post was from 2 years ago. I’m not sure you noticed that. The options you described were not available when the Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down feature was first released. I am more than pleased with the customization they later added to the feature.

  5. Karen Hayes says:

    Youtube is my favortie site to visit aside from facebook. most of the time i watched movie trailers and music videos on it.

  6. MuzikManOz says:

    So I bit the bullet — bought myself a Fatman iTube Red and I’ve got to say I am an extremely happy customer. I actually listened to one at a friend’s house several months ago and just couldn’t get that quality out of my head because it blew me away. I searched online everywhere I could think of for a great deal and finally found it at Ordio in Westfield Bondi Junction. I called them up first and asked a bunch of questions and everything was answered to my satisfaction so I went ahead and made the purchase. Dispatch was surprisingly fast. Everything was as it should be. I’m pretty darn happy and I’m playing it right now. Not sure if they dispatch outside of Oz but you won’t be sorry if they do.

    Really happy…


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