Gmail and Sift Lounge Fixed

It finally reached our attention that siftbot's emails sent to Gmail addresses haven't been reaching their destination for a while! Google required that a change be made, and that's done so emails should be back in normal working order for @ mentions and similar activity-based notifications.

Apologies for anyone and everyone who has been hollering in comments at others but getting no response. 😢 (@eric3579, @ant, @newtboy, and everyone else)

In addition, I noticed that Sift Lounge has been broken, in that you could kind of load the page but never post any messages.

Just in case anyone decides to pop in, this has been fixed. And it now supports the modern emoji short tags as well. 👍

I'll probably be hanging out regularly now that it's working again, hoping to see other Sifters jumping back in there as well!


Happy 15th Birthday, VideoSift!

Hard to believe it's been 15 years since @dag kicked off this whole VideoSift project.

We've come a long way, had some ups and some downs, and we're all much older and grayer than when we started, but I for one am happy that we're still here together, alive and kicking.

Happy birthday to PC World's Best Video Aggregator of 2007!


Emoji Shortcodes Now Available

As mentioned here, I thought it'd be great to support Slack-style emoji shortcodes.

This has been implemented and is now available.

Just use a colon followed by a shortcode followed by another colon, for example: 👍

As @newtboy requested, there is a 🤦 emoji and thousands of others, and as @ant requested, they are rendered as simple standard emoji characters.


If you hover over an emoji, you'll see the shortcode text that was used to create it.


The full list of emojis is available on the following page. Click the emojis you want and then copy them all to your clipboard by clicking the 📋 in the bottom-right corner, then just paste away!

Can't submit video

Not sure where the best place to put this is, but trying so sift my first video, it asks to solve a math problem(six plus five...) to verify you are human, and then I get to the next screen to ask if it is a duplicate video, but when I click submit, it goes back to the previous page with a message that I can't be verified as human. What am I doing wrong?

Time to review user ratings? (Internet Talk)

Five of the top ten sifters have not posted a video in years, some as long as 7+ years.
Is it time to revisit how users are rated, perhaps by vote count over the last year or some other measure? With traffic so low lately, it's impossible to ever come near the vote counts of our top 10, no matter how many videos are submitted. No video is going to get 100+ votes anymore, today a 15 vote video usually hits #1. That makes rating users by overall vote count a poor metric, and leaves the top user list full of long inactive users.

Is it time to change the rating system, or is the semi-broken system we have now one we want to keep?

What's your take on videos with a fixed lifetime

I can't see any official policy on videos that are made available online for a short fixed period.

I'm halfway through a really good production of Twelfth Night by the National Theatre ( and was thinking of submitting it, but decided against it because it will be taken down next Thursday. Today I saw Ant put up Phantom Of The Opera that's got a two day lifespan.

Since I've seen more of these popping up since the lockdown, I thought I'd check if anyone had any opinions on etiquette for mayfly videos. Should we avoid them? Should we put the expiry date in the title? Should we kill them again a while later? Or should we treat them like any other video, since all life is fleeting?

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