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!

All the thumbnails are squashed arrrgh (Wtf Talk)

Okay maybe "arrrgh" is too strong, but all the thumbnails here are perfect squares, and on Youtube (and other places I imagine) they're 4:3 or something slightly wider. So they all wind up squashed in the thumbnails on videosift. It's very subtle, but I still notice it and die a little bit inside every single time I see it. Keep in mind I'm the guy who adjusts the settings on random people's TVs so that they have black bars on the side rather than stretching out old 4:3 images, so I'm a bit of a nut when it comes to keeping things unstretched/unsquashed.

Submitting YouTube video with its redirectors don't dupe? (Geek Talk)


http://youtu.be/wZkMdi3XBhw goes to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZkMdi3XBhw

VS doesn't think http://youtu.be/wZkMdi3XBhw doesn't think it is a dupe when decoded. It does think http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZkMdi3XBhw is a dupe for http://videosift.com/video/PlayStation-For-The-Players-Since-1995 which is correct.

Does VS' submission checker not handle redirectors?

Thank you in advance.

Comments not showing until page is refreshed

Heya peeps,

Came back to the land of the Sift after a break from the online world, good to see things are still going well here! The new site design has remained, and I see a few other changes have been introduced.

One thing bugging me is that comments don't show up in IE10 on Windows 7 (no add-ons enabled) until I hit the refresh button then they'll show up fine. If I enable compatibility mode in the browser the site is a jumbled mess, so compatibility mode is turned off.

Easy fix would be to install another browser I guess, though generally I just avoid sites that don't work properly in my choice of browser.

Is a fix in the pipeline?

Would you like to be able to embed jpeg images into comment threads?

  (14 votes)
  (4 votes)

A total of 18 votes have been cast on this poll.

Embedded videos within comment threads is already an option here and if your browsing habits are anything like mine you spend at least 30 minutes a week dinking with, and appreciating jpeg images and Photoshopped art. I'd like to be able to stick an image in a thread without having to click a link.

Ditching the poll if it's too problematic a tweak *edit-has the prop already been addressed?

Some People Just Shouldn't Travel

I got a kick out of this. Thought I would share. (thanks @Lann)


1. “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”

2. “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time — this should be banned.”

3. “On my holiday to Goa in India , I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food.”

4. “We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price”

5. “The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room.”

6. “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow.”

7. “They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax.”

8. “No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared.”

9. “Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers.”

10. “We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish.”

11. “The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun.”

12. “It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England . It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair.”

13. “I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends’ three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller.”

14. “The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the resort’. We’re trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service.”

15. “There were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners.”

16. “We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning.”

17. “It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel.”

18. “I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes.”

19. “My fiance and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.”


btw is a post like this allowed on the front page of sift talk? I thought there had been a discussion but i cant recall the outcome.

Sinead O’Connor's Open Letter to Miley Cyrus (Sexuality Talk)


Dear Miley,

I wasn’t going to write this letter, but today i’ve been dodging phone calls from various newspapers who wished me to remark upon your having said in Rolling Stone your Wrecking Ball video was designed to be similar to the one for Nothing Compares… So this is what I need to say… And it is said in the spirit of motherliness and with love.
I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way ‘cool’ to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether its the music business or yourself doing the pimping.
Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent.
I am happy to hear I am somewhat of a role model for you and I hope that because of that you will pay close attention to what I am telling you.
The music business doesn’t give a shit about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted.. and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, ‘they’ will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone.
None of the men oggling you give a shit about you either, do not be fooled. Many’s the woman mistook lust for love. If they want you sexually that doesn’t mean they give a fuck about you. All the more true when you unwittingly give the impression you don’t give much of a fuck about yourself. And when you employ people who give the impression they don’t give much of a fuck about you either. No one who cares about you could support your being pimped.. and that includes you yourself.
Yes, I’m suggesting you don’t care for yourself. That has to change. You ought be protected as a precious young lady by anyone in your employ and anyone around you, including you. This is a dangerous world. We don’t encourage our daughters to walk around naked in it because it makes them prey for animals and less than animals, a distressing majority of whom work in the music industry and it’s associated media.
You are worth more than your body or your sexual appeal. The world of showbiz doesn’t see things that way, they like things to be seen the other way, whether they are magazines who want you on their cover, or whatever.. Don’t be under any illusions.. ALL of them want you because they’re making money off your youth and your beauty.. which they could not do except for the fact your youth makes you blind to the evils of show business. If you have an innocent heart you can’t recognise those who do not.
I repeat, you have enough talent that you don’t need to let the music business make a prostitute of you. You shouldn’t let them make a fool of you either. Don’t think for a moment that any of them give a flying fuck about you. They’re there for the money.. we’re there for the music. It has always been that way and it will always be that way. The sooner a young lady gets to know that, the sooner she can be REALLY in control.
You also said in Rolling Stone that your look is based on mine. The look I chose, I chose on purpose at a time when my record company were encouraging me to do what you have done. I felt I would rather be judged on my talent and not my looks. I am happy that I made that choice, not least because I do not find myself on the proverbial rag heap now that I am almost 47 yrs of age.. which unfortunately many female artists who have based their image around their sexuality, end up on when they reach middle age.
Real empowerment of yourself as a woman would be to in future refuse to exploit your body or your sexuality in order for men to make money from you. I needn’t even ask the question.. I’ve been in the business long enough to know that men are making more money than you are from you getting naked. Its really not at all cool. And its sending dangerous signals to other young women. Please in future say no when you are asked to prostitute yourself. Your body is for you and your boyfriend. It isn’t for every spunk-spewing dirtbag on the net, or every greedy record company executive to buy his mistresses diamonds with.
As for the shedding of the Hannah Montana image.. whoever is telling you getting naked is the way to do that does absolutely NOT respect your talent, or you as a young lady. Your records are good enough for you not to need any shedding of Hannah Montana. She’s waaaaaaay gone by now.. Not because you got naked but because you make great records.
Whether we like it or not, us females in the industry are role models and as such we have to be extremely careful what messages we send to other women. The message you keep sending is that its somehow cool to be prostituted.. its so not cool Miley.. its dangerous. Women are to be valued for so much more than their sexuality. we aren’t merely objects of desire. I would be encouraging you to send healthier messages to your peers.. that they and you are worth more than what is currently going on in your career. Kindly fire any motherfucker who hasn’t expressed alarm, because they don’t care about you.

"Embed code appears to be invalid"... for YouTube? (Geek Talk)

I haven't been able to submit any videos for a couple months now at least. I've been sifting on and off again for over 5 years, and I haven't changed the way I do it. Why does it suddenly not work?

Here's what I do:
1. In YouTube, go to the Share > Embed section under the YouTube video
2. Copy the embed code
3. Paste the embed code into Video Sift's "Submit New Video" section.

Example embed code:
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UTUMt05_nCI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

I've also tried switching computers, with no success.

I miss sharing those random gems when I find them! Help!

Powerpoints with Expiration Date? (Money Talk)

Hey folks,

a thing that crossed my mind:

How about we give powerpoints an expiration date like one week or so?

Why you ask?
I realized I have a bunch of points and they are really just sitting there and don´t help anyone. Having an expiration date on them could convince people to spend, rather than hoarding them.

"B̶u̶t̶ I̶ d̶o̶n̶'t̶ w̶a̶n̶n̶a̶ b̶e̶ a̶ p̶i̶r̶a̶t̶e̶!̶ " "But I don´t know what to use them for! Don´t force me!"
Good point. I guess you could try a little harder and try to find something worth spending them on. Which would have the desired effect and raise interaction with the site.

Or/And: If you still can`t find anything: what if expiring points went towards a good cause on the sift?Like another user or to the wise siftbot to distribute?

Further thoughts:
- Maybe the expiration date should only apply to earned points, not the renewing ones.
- Maybe you could use 100 (or amount x) of them to pay for a month of premium service for yourself or someone else. (Like the "give gold" feature on reddit)

And what about limiting the number of total available points on the site to amount x per registered user? This would impact inflation and make them almost like a currency.

Who knows: Maybe powerpoints could end up like Bitcoin and the Winklevoss Twins will invest a Gazillion Dollars in the Sift...

Looking forward to a discussion on the general idea.

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