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On Embedded Videos

12-17-2008, 06:50 PM
Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 140
On Embedded Videos

I appreciate that the new moderators are embedding all of the YouTube videos. It makes the forums much more usable. But I think that the fact that you are doing this is making a lot of the posters lazy. They know that they don’t have to do it, because you will clean up their mess. Which in turn makes more work for you.

Instead of: “Last edited by salsamd; Today at 11:10 AM. Reason: embedded video“

I propose: “Last edited by salsamd; Today at 11:10 AM. Reason: I was too lazy to read the FAQ and learn how to embed YouTube videos” ;-)

I think that a gentle ribbing like this will be pretty effective. People will see it often, and they’ll hopefully read the FAQ before they make their next post. And surely no one will make this mistake twice.

You’ll want to create a cleaned up FAQ, which addresses this issue better than the forum post announcing this feature. This FAQ should be linked to in the “Reason” footer. And hopefully, you can address some concerns raised in there about how to add the ability to go full screen from the embedded video.

Just a thought.
12-17-2008, 07:31 PM
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 1,841

Solid idea. Make it so Number One! ...wait, I guess that's me. I'll take care of this. Not sure if one can tag in the "Reason" box, but it will be easy enough to addend a reminder within the content of the post.

"Dream as though you will live forever; live as though you would die today."

Last edited by salsamd; 12-17-2008 at 07:33 PM.
12-24-2008, 06:28 AM
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: The Emerald Isle
Posts: 1,978
It says I'm not allowed to embed youtube vids on the visitor message board.
Why is this?

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