Well Hihi again, VS

Obviously I have been absent long enough again that Siftbot sends me an email, saying VS misses me. Most people here don't even know who I am, but old-timers do.. I was being a pain in the butt, sorry. I get upset way too easily..

Part of me misses VS too. Sifting was fun, but turned into work.. I don't think I am gonna come back any time soon. I will, however, come and fix deaded videos of mine if I can.. Yes, obsessed still..

I lost both of my older dogs, just 3 monts apart in 2016. I don't think I have recovered from that yet... Thank goodness for my DH NetRunner. He's my rock, still sticking with me, even when I am being a basket case and then some..

We have two dogs now, again. We got one as a puppy, and the other one just fell into our laps, needing to be adopted. Both are just so precious. Yes, still German Shepherds

Link? Not sure if this will work. Nico and Tiny this spring.


Everybody who knew me, please take care. And the rest of you too

Erics PSA: Don't forget to vote for the videos you like

It seems fewer sifters are voting on videos these days, and it's becoming increasingly more difficult to get videos sifted for those who post them. I'm sure it's obvious to everyone that traffic is just a fraction of what it once was, but it seems to me the ratio of sifters viewing videos to voting for them has gone down quite a bit. Not sure why that might be. I was wondering if it may be that more people are on mobile devices, and that makes it more difficult to cast votes (i've never owned a smartphone so don't know if it's more difficult) or just not as inclined to vote when mobile. Anyway if you happen to have cut back on voting do tell if it's for any particular reason.

Don't Take Our Health Care Rally with Senator Bernie Sanders (Health Talk)


Republican senators have unveiled their new Trumpcare plan—and it will take a wrecking ball to health care in this country.

Join Senator Bernie Sanders, OH SEIU 1199, and MoveOn.org in Columbus to stop the Republican effort to repeal our health care. Demand that Senator Rob Portman vote “NO” on the latest Trumpcare bill in the U.S. Senate.

The latest Trumpcare bill was just released on Thursday. It would leave millions without care, eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, and give massive tax cuts to the wealthy. This Senate bill makes even bigger cuts to Medicaid than the bill passed by the House.

Republicans want to vote next week. But if just three Republicans reject Trumpcare, it can't pass.

Join us on Sunday, June 25 at 11:30 a.m. at Express Live in Columbus. Demand that Senator Portman oppose this vicious attack on our health care. Let’s send a loud message to Senator Portman that we want him to stand with us and vote AGAINST the Republican repeal of our health care.

July 12th: Internet-Wide Day of Action for Net Neutrality (Politics Talk)

"The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees. On July 12th, the Internet will come together to stop them."

Is Videosift going to join this cause?


Some Long Overdue Fixes

Two oustanding issues are finally fixed! Both of them are related to SSL, though in different ways.

Internal VideoSift Widget Embeds

Our own embeds in comments on the site have been broken since we enabled SSL because the old widgets had insecure URLs hard-coded and insecure scripts cannot be loaded on a secure page. Those issues are fixed. For example:



The Bookmarklet (that allows you to post videos by clicking a button in your bookmark bar) never worked when you were looking at a video on a secure video host URL (e.g., YouTube) because VS was not secure, so for the same reason listed above, our insecure bookmarklet script just wouldn't load.

Now that we support SSL, I've updated the bookmarklet to use only secure URLs so it will now work from a video host using SSL or not.


Can we clean these comments out somehow? (Wtf Talk)

So apparently a long term account was hacked or something and has been posting huge lorem ipsum comments on many videos. The account appears to be banned now, but how can we clear out the posts? They are lagging out the comments section from loading.

*Ban and *Spammer Guidelines

Like everyone who's been a Sifter for a while (or even 11 years, like some of us!), one of the things we appreciate most is that the community takes care of the community, including welcoming new members and more often telling likely spammers and abusers to take a hike.

The two most frequent practices used in dealing with potential baddies is the *ban invocation and the *spammer invocation. These are very powerful invocations and must be used with great responsibility. Until now, their use has gone mostly unchecked, taking every invocation in good faith.

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Have I been Trumped by Google?

Posting a video to the SIFT has been impossible for me over the past 22 hours or so. First weird thing was I was logged off when I clicked on the site [I'm NEVER logged out]. Then, after attempting to submit a YT video as I usually do, I got the following error message:

This page isn’t working

Chrome detected unusual code on this page and blocked it to protect your personal information (for example, passwords, phone numbers, and credit cards).
Try visiting the site's homepage.


I deleted my cookies and browsing history after logging out of the site. I restarted my computer and logged in again ... Now it appears that I can't post anything at all. I've tried to put up 2 other YT vids and, after verifying the embed code and filling in the form, I get the same error message when I hit submit. It doesn't appear that I'm restricted in any other way here. I haven't had any recent google updates and the site was working fine for me several hours before all of this started happening.

WTF is happening? Anyone else having issues? ... Bueller? @dag @lucky760

Chrome Error preventing submissions (Wtf Talk)

This page isn’t working

Chrome detected unusual code on this page and blocked it to protect your personal information (for example, passwords, phone numbers, and credit cards).
Try visiting the site's homepage.

Anyone else getting this?


That's the song your ISP will be singing once Trump signs off on a bill to end privacy in the United States where much of the world's internet infrastructure already lives.

Last week, a thread posting this image of a NYT full page ad warning of the dangers of the loss of internet privacy became one of the most upvoted reddit posts of all time.

Since then, the bill has passed from Senate onto Congress, where it was again passed.

This move seems to be in line with AT&T wanting to charge almost $400/y to customers who did not want their browser history sold to anyone willing to buy it.

Either way, you should know that your privacy is being sold out. So either make some noise to convince the American President to veto the law, or start shopping for a VPN, for as long as that remains helpful.

Also see:

this reddit comment with a list of resources, and...

This video regarding the news by youtube channel h3h3:


And this article about the Cards Against Humanity creators intentions:



Hope this info is helpful.

Safe internetting!

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