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The Purpose of the "*discard" Command

I tried to submit a video to this blog, but I think the submission did not take because the vid was already discarded. I have a question though -- the video was discarded for no reason I could determine, it wss neither a dupe nor snuff nor porn. It's possible the discarder (who was NOT the submitter of the vid) found it offensive and discarded on those grounds. However, the discarder is also a notorious downvoter, so the situation has me wondering exactly what the limits of "discard" should be. I'm do not know if the function was used in this case as a sort of super-mega-downvote, or if there was good reason for the discard.

My real question is, though, what are the limitations/parameters on using discard? Can I discard any video I wish? Or should it be limited to those vids that are counter to VS policy? The specific vid in this case was the cheerleader who had the mishap in the parking lot -- no rules broken from what I can tell.

Group conversation - dynamics of size

I was just reading "Is the Digg Community Its Own Worst Enemy?" (http://performancing.com/node/4206) -- and saw this paragraph, from another article (http://www.shirky.com/writings/group_enemy.html). Seems it might apply to VS -- waddya'all think?

The downside of going for size and scale above all else is that the dense, interconnected pattern that drives group conversation and collaboration isn't supportable at any large scale. Less is different -- small groups of people can engage in kinds of interaction that large groups can't. And so we blew past that interesting scale of small groups. Larger than a dozen, smaller than a few hundred, where people can actually have these conversational forms that can't be supported when you're talking about tens of thousands or millions of users, at least in a single group.

popular but dead links

How often are we/you/the system purging dead links? It seems to me the youtube links are mortal. I know there was at least one big purge of dead 'uns... has that become a regular event?
My precious Colbert/cocaine vid, http://www.videosift.com/story.php?id=6372, has bit the dust. That means I should anticipate those points being deducted from my total, correct?

Google new feature: link within a video

they write:

"Has this ever happened to you?

You're watching this documentary on monkeys and then halfway through, this monkey does the funniest thing ever. So of course, you want nothing more than to share this hilarious monkey moment with your friends. Now, on Google Video, doing just that is easier than ever.

Now you can email links to specific points inside a video! All you have to do is add the time you'd like to share to the end of a video's URL. We support hours (h), minutes (m), and seconds (s).

For example, Invisible Board is a 1 min 46 sec long video but I believe the coolest part is at 1 min 26 sec, so all I have to do is add #1m26s to the link I'm going to send to my friends! Just like this: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6396990712930217422#1m26s"

Rules for submitting new vids

OK, I'm just requesting some clarification here. In the old days, a few months ago, postings were unlimited. Then for multiple reasons the rules were changed to 2 posts per person per 24 hours. Now it seems it is 3 posts per person per 24. However, I often notice that although more than 24 hours have passed since I posted my second- or third-to-last video, I still cannot post a new one.

I've been trying to figure out if there is some other pattern time restriction, but I can't figure it out. Here's my current example:
my last three posts were -

18 hours ago
18 hours and 10 minutes ago
1 day 21 hours ago

and I still get the message that posts are limited to 3 within 24 hours, and am not able to post. Am I missing something? Or is this more of a tech glitch?
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