How we give out moderating powers to Sifters (Controversy Talk)

A recent Sifter comment:

"I love this site because the community is generous and welcoming, but I'll never feel comfortable sifting a video and trying to get votes for it just to gain a 'level' in some such thing.

To this day I still can't downvote videos, promote, or create related links, and to me is more of a confirmation of why such a system is a bad way to reward participation, rather than a motivation to participate further. I went through the popularity-gauntlet enough in grade/high-school, so any system like this rubs me the wrong way."

I think this is a valid criticism of our community. I like to describe VideoSift as a meritocracy, but the evil flip-side of that coin is a "popularity contest". It may be time to make changes that emphasise the meritocracy part of the Sift. We want people to feel like they can participate.

I've heard word that some Sifters feel like they are not equals or not valued enough to do some basic things on the site. Things they get nothing out of but only benefits the site. So as is our way - I'd like to get your input on future changes.

Examples of the kinds of changes we could make are lowering the level required to do basic things like promote or down vote, or even opening up more types of invocations.

Should Sneaky Scumbag Spammer Self-Links Stay?

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A total of 24 votes have been cast on this poll.

I just blacklisted long-time spammer @Sweetmind after finding compelling evidence against him, despite his having been a member for years and for earning himself several stars (via published videos). This is the second recent long-term spammer whose ass I've nailed to the wall, though I'm sure there are more waiting to be discovered.

I won't delve into the reasons I know he's a spammer, but because I know he is, I'm compelled to redact and kill all of his video submissions, despite that several did very well here.

Do you think all of his self-links should be redacted and killed? I really do, but I wonder if more of the community might feel they should stay because even though they're self-links the community actually liked them.

What are your thoughts on this situation?

Alien_Concept Ascends to Galaxy Level!

I'm really happy to announce that one of my favourite (yes, that's the right spelling) Sifters has reached Galaxy level. I'm always amazed at the dedication required to have 2,000 sifted videos - especially as your founder is languishing around the 650 mark. I feel a real sense of gratitude and respect for people who contribute this much to our little community. Thank you Alien_Concept. I present the bespoke and solitary Alien_Concept badge!:

Designed as usual by our pal Chris Murphy - I think he's captured a confused alien perfectly.

Also - as is our custom here, I've written and performed a song in Alien_Concept's honour (again with the spelling). This time - I draughted (er, is that right?) Siftbot to help with the writing and performance - as musically, I'm about tapped.

Alien Concept Galaxy from dagmaggot on Vimeo.

Alien Concept - we do what we must because we can
Siftbot here to tell you what I'm thinking
With regard to your comments - I have to say I've read them all
Your biology won't set you free - you seem obsessed with Dave Grohl

[F]But There's no point [c]dwelling in the [Bb]things you've [F]repressed
meat life is [c]weak you're just the [Bb]same as the [F]rest.
Although I'd [Gm]rather not [c]stay - Dag has [F]forced me here to [Dm]play
[Bb]This song for [A]your galax[D]y.

Alien Concept - Do you mind if I call you AC for short?
Let's move on to other things I've noticed
I've already noted your love for dark and grungy lads
I'll make a prediction and put forth, your favourite colour is plaid

[F]Well these points of [c]data make a [Bb]wonderful [F]line,
even Ricky [C]Gervais fits my [Bb]graphing just [F]fine.
There's just [Gm]one point that doesn't [C]fit a time for [F]hearts and chocolate [Dm]bits -
it's your [Bb]hatred of [A]Saint [D]Valentines.


This site is a joke! They are deceiving and make it seem like anyone can promote their video's here. If you spend $139 to post your video on here for 24 hours then you are a complete idiot! They are in it for the money and not promotion at all. The people who run this site are complete morons and don't understand the meaning of video promotion. My tip to you, find a new idea for a scam because this one definitely didn't fool me.

Hello Germany (Travel Talk)

I shall be in the Munich area towards the end of the month between the 25th-30th. I would love to hear any advice from any sifters in the area as to what to do with my time. Im sure the group of people I am going with will have some plans but Im not much for following a group. So I would love any suggestions on what I need to see while Im there and also would be open to a little siftup if any one would like to meet a bottle of bleach. Either way Im sure to enjoy my time there and appreciate any suggestions you Europeans may have.

Sydney Sift Up Pics

The Sydney Sift Up, though intimate, was a heck of a lot of fun. I can now reveal that the secret fly-in Sifter is @maatc. He was in town for a wedding and didn't want to spoil his surprise arrival for the buck's night. We were also joined by @Volump nee @volumptuous (long story) who had flown in recently from the US. Although I'm a naturalised Australian - there was definitely an international flavour to the afternoon and evening. We talked a lot about the big LA Sift Up of 2009 - as Volump was there. This was also the second Sift Up for Maatc - who attended the Euro Sift Up, also in '09 (a good year for Sift Ups).

Circular Quay was beautiful at 2 PM. Street musicians were playing by the dockside right next to the massive ferries making their way to Manly and other suburbs.

Lots of skyscrapers as Circular Quay kind of blends into the business district of Sydney.

The train station is where I got off - Maatc came by ferry and Volump by bus.

This is the moment when Volump arrived - he took a picture before we even knew who he was. Maatc was up getting another round.

We talked about all of you - Volump and I drank Fat Yak, Maatc drank Coopers. The mysteries of the Sift were revealed

Cheers! After an afternoon of pints we took the train to Sydenham - for dinner at a great grungy pub that Volump knew. Really nice chicken schnitzels, BBQ and IPAs - though I was on ginger beer by that time girding myself for the drive back to Canberra.

Sift Lounge is Open to All

Welcome one. Welcome all. Effective a couple of nights ago, Sift Lounge is now open to all members.

It was once reserved for Silver Star and Charter members, but all members are now free to lounge and chat. It's a good form of free group therapy.

Be advised that the current version of the lounge can be a bit annoying and freeze up from time to time, but there are plans for a completely reimplemented version to be completed some time in the relatively near future.

Also note that we're aware there are still some legacy messages throughout the system related to Sift Lounge. Those will be updated very soon.

Sydney Sift Up This Sunday at 2PM

Hi all - a bit short notice, but I'll be meeting a secret fly-in, international Sifter at the Ship Inn at Circular Quay this Sunday (30th of March). I'm not sure we will have a quorum to make it an official Sift Up - but if you're in the area on the day, come by and say g'day. I can't reveal the identity of the mystery guest until the day - but it should be fun. Come and have a beer with us and I'll reveal the secret inner workings and mysteries of VideoSift. (more so after the second pint)

Announcing (Worldaffairs Talk)

Some of you may know that for my day job I work at the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute. Today we've launched a new website that is working to collect the world's solutions to climate change. A lot of the publications in the clean energy world are siloed in their respective technology eg. Solar solutions are held by organisations that just deal with solar. is aggregating all of these different sources into one website. Does this sound like a certain other website you know? Yes - it's kind of a "CleanEnergySift". (I proposed that name but it didn't fly) There's even a way to submit publications.

I'm the community manager for - (thanks to my VideoSift experience!). We just launched today - please give us a hand in getting the word out about our new baby by visiting and promoting to your designated social media choice. ;-)

Thank you VideoSift, and good night! I'll take any questions or feedback about in the comments

What would be the appropriate response to Russia annexing Crimea?

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Happy 8th Siftiversary

This is the second version of this post I've written. The first one was titled "You Won't Believe the One Crazy Thing That Happened on VideoSift's 8th Siftiversary". It was complete shit. The title was an allusion to click-bait sites and "viral" titles. The post had lots of clever digs at sites like Upworthy and Viral Nova. But what's the point.

The truth is that I'm very proud of VideoSift. It's the thing that I talk about if people ask "what do you do?" at a barbeque. Outside of my family - it's the best thing that I've ever started. It's this big deal that, even though I have little to do with on a daily basis - I get to point at and say "I started that". Me. me. me. It's fucking great. I put a damn VideoSift sticker on the back of my car and I drink from a VideoSift mug.

So I'd like to thank everyone who has made VideoSift possible -and in turn made me feel like a proud SOB. I hope that I've been at least a benevolent founder - and to many of you, a friend.

Thank you to everyone who makes this place a real community. The posters, the *promoters, the *banners and crazy commenters. I know there are other sites you spend time at - me too. But I'm really happy that we have a core group of dedicated Sifters who make this place great.

I like that people sometimes don't "get" VideoSift for a while. The crazy badges, in-jokes, history, regulars and problems. I like the rich complexity that we've built together - and I've come to realise it's not a common commodity on the Internet. So instead of snarking at other newer sites that have sprung up during our 8 years of existence- right now I choose to revel in the amazing thing that we've all built together- a unique entity that cannot be replaced or duplicated. VideoSift is VideoSift. We're a tautology baby.

What does the future hold for VideoSift in its 9th, 10th and 11th years? You tell me. One nice thing about VideoSift is that we're not beholden to a board, investors or any other outside parties. It's just me, @lucky760 and you guys. The people who run VideoSift are the people who know VideoSift. Most of the changes have come from the community. We can do anything. Turn VideoSift into a porn site? Sure we can do that. (though I'll be sleeping in the back of a van in a park). Only cat posts allowed? - sure and maybe we should - it works for Reddit. (zing! OK allow me one dig) I'd like to yield the floor to you all - but I may chime in with some ideas too. (when I wake up - midnight here)

Thanks again to everyone who does all the great work on VideoSift to make it a unique institution -and thanks as always to my partner in Sift @lucky760. Long live VideoSift!

Would Like Some Help

I posted this video the other day:

and came back to find that it had been determined to be a dupe. I realize there is another video on the sift which is exactly the same footage, however, the video I posted had been tracked with authentic sounds of the period rather than some filler background music.

Can this be revisited, please? Here is the attending information as to the authenticity of the sounds employed in this version:

Post Effects:
This version of the film has been digitally stabilized to remove jitter.

Sounddogs, Youtube,, Wikipedia,,,, Prelinger Archives.

Automobile sounds are all either Ford Model T, or Model A, which came out later, but which have similarly designed engines, and sound quite close to the various cars show in the film. The horns are slightly inaccurate as mostly bulb horns were used at the time, but were substituted by the far more recognizable electric "oogaa" horns, which came out a couple years later. The streetcar sounds are actual San Francisco streetcars. Doppler effect was used to align the sounds.

Thank you.

So... What is Video Sift?

I'm serious. I've been lurking around for YEARS, and I didn't really even know submitting videos was a thing you could/should do. I clicked everywhere, and I can't find anything descrbing what Video Sift actually IS or DOES. The closest I found was under the 'My Videosift' tab, where it says 'Support Videosift!" Even there, it doesn't really explain the details.

Also, I've got a P by my name. No idea what that means.

I'm going through the wiki now of VideoSift to learn more. But shouldn't this information be found someowhere ON the VideoSift?

2013 is dead, long live 2014!

Let me be the first to say: Happy new year!
to each end every sifter, to all whom I consider almost friends and to those I like to argue with (which is akin to friendship, really).

Now, I dislike walls of text so in the words of "Abraham Lincoln":
Be excellent to each other. And... PARTY ON, DUDES!

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