RFC: VS6 Sidebar Suggestions

Request for comment on the new VS6 sidebar on the video permalink page. It currently shows to sections with a maximum of 5 videos per section: 1) Suggested Videos; 2) Related Videos. It's been suggested (or complained about) that the new sidebar sucks.

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View Counting Bug in Sift Talk

When I'm in a permalink page for a Sift Talk and I either reload the page or click the title (self-link to the same page), the views count goes up sometimes in ones, as it perhaps should, but sometimes in twos and threes. I didn't figure out a pattern. I did notice that the one Vote message I looked at always went up by ones and the others went up by twos or threes.


Edit: and sometimes fours.

VideoSift v6 (VS6) Beta Video Page

As our more veteran members have pointed out from time to time, it's been quite some time since we made any big changes around here. And as @dag announced last week VideoSift is 9 years old!

As the years have flown by and the Internet culture has continued to evolve, we, like ever before, want to keep nimble to continue making improvements so The Sift is still a place you will love to call home. ... more inside ...

Happy 9th Siftiversary

Well, here we are again, 9 years down the track. Maybe we're not quite the big deal we were in previous years, but ... we're still here! The reason we're still here is because VideoSift is run a by a bunch of maniacal, (maybe slightly OCD?) but wonderful people who make this place a living breathing community.

I know my touch has been a bit light over the last couple of years, but I do come by every day to check-in. VideoSift is a touchstone for me– it's the site that I measure all other websites by. Thanks to all the Sifters who make this what is still the best community on the web and my Internet home.

Should videosift allow images in comments?

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A total of 32 votes have been cast on this poll.

Per @lucky760's comment,
It was decided years ago those are far too easily abused, but hey this is a meritocracy. If the constituency stands united with a single voice, perhaps the site admins would reconsider the issue. Maybe start a poll.

I'd sometimes like to embed images in comments, and I think that the existing hobbling/banning options would be sufficient to deal with abuse... but then, I'm not entirely sure what type of abuse @lucky760's worried about? I would think that it would be similar to embedding any video source (requires gold star).

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 (http://videosift.com/member/PlayhousePals/pqueued)

[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! http://videosift.com/search?q=&t=v&u=playhousepals&s[]=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?

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