RIP Joystiq :( (Videogames Talk)

The rumours that Joystiq is shutting down are now official, which makes me incredibly sad. That was my go-to videogame news site (not to mention a favourite podcast of mine), so now I'm wondering what my main source of gaming news is going to be. There are a few sites I visit semi-regularly (Destructoid, Polygon, Shacknews, etc.), but none quite scratch that same itch.

What's everyone's favourite gaming news site?

(And no, this probably doesn't belong on the main sift talk page, but this place is a ghost town anyway, so... Plus, I know a lot of us are gamers, so, somewhat relevant, right?)

Congratulations on PlayHousePals' Ascencion

Well - it's been a long time coming, but I'm really happy to announce that @PlayHousePal's galaxy badge is complete. My understanding is that PHP is really into baking, and this is some kind of kitchen device.

And here's my special song for PlayHousePals. I always thought that "Playhouse Pals" would make a good TV show, so this is kind of intro song for that.

Playhouse Pals Galaxy Ascension (VideoSift) from dagmaggot on Vimeo.

Thanks PlayHousePal for all of your contributions to VideoSift and enjoy the highest rank that our community has to offer - you're a galaxy now baby!

Happy New Year - and some thoughts ...

Welcome to 2015. As we move towards VideoSift's 9th Siftoversary (wow), I've been reflecting on what has kept this community going.

One of the things we struggle with is the tilt between community and video recommendation engine. VideoSift still works better than any site I know (looking at you Reddit) at surfacing good, quality videos. There's a reason "Video *quality control" has been our mantra for a long time – we live it here, and it works.

VideoSift is also a place for people to hang out and meet their like-minded friends, and sometimes that's in diametric opposition to making sure the best videos are sifted to the top – yes you can probably guess what I'm getting at ...

If you vote for a video – it's important that your vote (up or down) is based on the content, not on who posted the video.

Anyway – that's enough chiding from me – the start of the year is a good time to air dirty laundry – so if anyone has issues that are really bugging them about the Sift, the community or how things work. This is a good time to air them. Fire away!

Time to start thinking about a song and icon/badge-thingy..

for our awesome @PlayhousePals! She is very close to reaching Galaxy. Please everybody, check out her pqueue (

[or arrenged by votes (thanks @oritteropo for the format.. got it formatted right for her pquque after a little mishap! ) )) (EDIT: now it is correct![]=r&o=hivotes&vmin=&vmax=&sh=&l=&n=&b=&submit=Search)

to give some extra boost!

I apologize for a messy post - it has been a while since I have done any html.. or VS posting

Petition / Poll / Feature Request / Plea for mercy

Please reduce the number of stars it takes before I can promote someone else's sift.

It feels backwards to me in a way, that I can selfishly promote my own crap from day one, yet I can't promote anyone else's.

A lot of people have shown me kindness and I feel like a dick that I can't promote any of their stuff, and there have been a lot of very awesome sifts I wish I could give some love to!

I get that you don't want the front page congested with promoted posts (although I personally think that's ok), but maybe make it 25 stars or something?

Compilation Videos.

Hi Everyone.

Okay, it can't just be me who thinks this.
Compilation Videos are a Scourge.

1). They don't contribute anything.
2). They are mostly made up of Duplicated videos - Something we work so hard to eliminate.
3). They can't searched - if you see a clip in a Comp. you'll never be able to find it again to see it - thus each clip is lost/buried/invisible.
4). Makes Duping Complicated - If I post a clip that's been included in a Comp., does it become a Dupe????? Just by nature, since most of their content is already posted, they in themselfs, are mostly made up of Dupes.
5). Keywords - There is no possible way to adequately Keyword a Compilation.
6). Thumbnails. They can't possibly have a thumbnail that describes the content, and often have misleading thumbnails, like girls in bikinis.

Compilations on YouTube are a lazy man's playlist. They hold no real merit on their own other than to garnish YouTube Ad hits by stealing content from other people.

I think they do a disservice to VideoSift as they do the opposite of what this site attempts to do. We are supposed to be sifting through all the crap and presenting and voting on each individual video to make it easier for people to find. Compilations, just screw it all up.

My opinion is we shouldn't be posting them.

@dag @lucky760
Everyone else?

What are the approved video hosts?

I'm trying to submit a video from this new site called "facebook". But apparently it's an unknown host and I'm not cool enough to do that. What are the actual ok known trusted sources that plebes can sift from? There used to be a list on the general sift talk page but I can't find it anywhere now. Thanks.

P.S. It's a public video.

No video in my submitted video. :( (Wtf Talk)

I tried to submit a new ant video into , but its embedded Flash video doesn't show up. VS keeps changing the original embed code from

<iframe src="" width="620" height="390" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen scrolling="no"></iframe>


<iframe src="" width="485" height="305" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" scrolling="no"></iframe>

How do I prevent this ="true" removal, so VS can show the video?

Thank you in advance.

EVERYTHING is Faster, Yes?

  (13 votes)
  (2 votes)

A total of 15 votes have been cast on this poll.

Since we moved servers it's been apparent that things have felt slow sometimes (or most times), such as voting on a video, posting a comment, or saving a video to a playlist.

After a bit of research and debugging I finally found what I am almost certain was the source of the problem and fixed it. Since then everything is extremely snappy for me like it's really never been before.

Do you concur? Don't just vote no because you like pointing out how slow VideoSift has always been. Really give everything the old once over objectively.

What say you?

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