There seems to be a fundamental problem with the current thinking on *dead videos. At the moment, when a video is *deaded the original submitter has 7 days to fix it before it is discarded. If he/she does not - or cannot - find an alternative source for the video, the video will be discarded and one post will be subtracted from the submitter’s total number of published posts. In some unfortunate cases – often when many videos go dead - this can mean that the submitter may drop from a powerful gold star to a powerless silver. This result is not only unfair, but it also raises an important question about the nature of the Sift – can the Sift ever really be an effective long-term video library? VideoSift is not a site like YouTube which directly hosts videos. Rather it is a site which allows users to post videos from other sites which do host videos. As non-self-linking Sifters we are at the mercy of the host sights and the original uploaders. If a video is pulled by the host or the uploader our video goes *dead, and often - particularly in the case of more obscure videos – we will not be able to replace it. This means the Sift can never be anything more than a short-term place to see videos. However, the current thinking on *dead videos seems to reflect the idea that the Sift can be an effective long-term video library. Surely we should just accept that the Sift can never be anything more than a short-term library of videos, and consequently not punish Sifters when one of their videos goes *dead by subtracting one post from the submitter’s total number of published posts.
Big congrats to Michie - founder of the top ranking Sports Sift collective and a good friend of mine - who has hit the big 250 (although a diamond hasn't appeared yet - hurry up Siftbot and give the man his bling!!!).
I think Michie had this problem before: All of the playlists I have attached to my collective as related videos have change. It's not the name of the playlists that have changed, but the playlists themselves. Anyone know what is causing this problem?
I tried to submit a video, but it instead of posting to the queue it was discarded (the same also happened with Sift Talk posts). When I try and resubmit the video it says that there is a duplicate url. But the duplicate url is for the video I tried to submit in the first place which is now discarded. Please help!
I have a question regarding collectives. If a video is submitted to a collective but it doesn't get the required number of votes to be published, is it removed from the collective or does it remain there? I would personally prefer videos to stay in the collective but be flagged discarded - like videos in a playlist.
The experimental 'long' tag which was added to a video recently was a good idea - you don't always have time to watch a long post. But I don't like the 'zzzzzzz' because it implies that a post is boring. Some subjects are too complex to do justice to them in a 5 minute clip. Furthermore, there are some long clips online which are not available anywhere else and which really deserve to be watched.