Post by shoptheinsanity on Apr 1, 2018 2:49:59 GMT
Issue: Lack of communication from YouTube when administrative action (flags, bans, de-monetization of videos, et cetra) happens.
Effect: People don't know why they're on the receiving end. Good YouTubers are left wondering what they did wrong, while bad YouTubers have an "out" for ignoring their own misdeeds.
Solution: Every time an action is taken against someone, a YouTube employee has a set time limit to fire off a message to that person affected explaining why, or the action against them is automatically undone.
Sorry for not following format, however, this post is slightly different and is targeted at numerous problems people are experiencing already, rather than a new one. So I had been working on a YT "app" sort of thing, that effectively nulls some of the issues faced by end users, however, would not so much address the issues faced by content creators getting views (to any reasonable extent with it's current user base).
The app is hosted on a website, it basically utilises the YT Data API, and a web crawler built in PHP, to harvest all channels by category from YT, and display them in a less biased way (alphabetically by default, with an option to sort by local views rather than YT's recommended system).
It also harvests current live streams to the same effect, removing the ratings and just displaying the content. Users can still view a channel's stats once already viewing the channel's profile, however, they are not openly displayed in the main directories in a way that promotes such a bias method - as YT itself does.
There is also a section where anyone can add a YT channel to the manual "User Channels" index, this section is prioritised by the app for crawling, checking for live streams more often and displaying the latest videos from the channels in this index, as the home page, giving anyone that adds their channel - a fair and unbiased chance at the main page showcase etc.
Moreover, I've just finished working on a separate section of it, that allows anyone to directly access an automatically generated, embed-able profile page for any channel - just by appending their YT channel ID to to the link. This has two notable benefits, firstly, these profiles can be embedded in to any website (YT doesn't make this very easy to do), or linked to etc - they are also updated more often if people view them. These channels are rated against each other, however, it clearly shows the bias and the actual scale of the gap between a new channel, and a channel for example, like PewDiePie's - with some 61,800,733 subs, 17,449,602,974 views and 3,458 videos! Ridiculous haha... I've written the script to give the channels a rating - I've dubbed "Creator Level" - which is calculated objectively based on the channel's stats (however accurate that may be as provided by YT).
There's also a forum if there is something to be posted that would not be suited for this forums (off topic for the movement etc).
I won't post any links as it's in my signature and don't know if that sort of thing is acceptable lol!
Again, sorry OP for not following format, I think this thread has a lot of value to identify the most commonly faced issues, for us to work forward with an action to address them. I just read some of the comments and thought to my self - my app kinda addresses that! Plug! Lol.
Note that the solution provided in the linked forum did not work for me (I tried to make the same reply to the first comment in the chain instead and it was still held) and my comment has no politically charged words in it that could trigger a censor bot
Potential solution: Notify users if their comments are held/censored and why. Include the possibility to request a review.
I said this in a Facebook comment. It probably happens to my personal channel. I deleted a lot of videos early this year because I 'moved' them to another (fan) channel and I have a lot of watch time from those deleted videos. Later on my personal channel got demonetized, and I reapplied, that was in April 2019. Still in review..
I found this sentence in the YouTube FAQ about the monetization process:
"If you have deleted a substantial number of videos or have a lot of watch time from private videos, then you won’t be reviewed at this time. Switch your private videos to public. It may look like you’re eligible for a review, even when you’re not. We know this is confusing."
It's all wrong. You can't un-delete videos, and YouTube forces you to make private videos public (they are private for a reason!). Also, if you have deleted videos with many views, you're screwed. You have to wait months or years! to get your analytics watch time down. Even if you meet all eligibility requirements. They just leave you hanging.
I see around me people/youtubers delete videos because they think that's probably the reason for their demonetization, but than they face this problem.
Issue: bells becoming "unrung" and being forcibly unsubscribed from creators and/or not being allowed to unsubscribe form some creators
Effect: videos aren't getting views and subscriber counts are artificially lowered or inflated
Example (if available): Plenty given in the Facebook group and I made a separate thread asking for incidents. But to be specific my husband has been repeatedly unsubscribed from Daym Drops and re-subscribed to Epic Meal Time.
Potential solution: I'd like to start logging these incidents if possible to see if there is a pattern. Basically all I'd need is the channel you were unsubbed from and some kind of identification (name, nickname, username, string of numbers) something I can associate with YOU for logging purposes. A rough date of discovery also couldn't hurt.