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YouTube's re-vamped video page

I've only uploaded two new videos since YouTube started with the "new" style for the video viewing page. While I think that the new "rating" is new and I don't want to form an opinion about it yet, I think some other "features" have gone FUBAR here...

Fact: I set all my videos to "allow comments with my approval only" - since I want to filter out any possible trolls. Hey, I show these to my friends and some of my co-workers too!

1.: When somebody comments, YouTube seems to silently "swallow" the new comment without proper notification to the commenter... so people keep "re-submitting" comments. I had several cases of repeat-comments now. I don't want to cause any drama by deleting duplicate entries because I'm sure YouTube notifies the author about the deletion. And as of yet, there have not been any troll comments, so I haven't deleted any comment except duplicate ones.
It would only take a tiny little bit of additional code to show a "thank you for your comment, it's pending approval" or some similar message.

EDIT: Apparently, YouTube says "Error posting comment, try again..." or some similar message. That is fail...

2.: I deleted a comment and the page didn't only remove the deleted one, but also the next in the list... I had to reload the page to see that it didn't actually remove it from the comments but only from my page. Now I'm worried I might accidently delete a regular comment.

This is what happens when using excessive JavaScript to provide features. There's always users out there for which it will not work correctly... In my applications JavaScript is always used as an optional "make it easier for the user" addition, not as an "only way to do something".



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Apr. 6th, 2010 06:22 am (UTC)
It should be an add-on, not the main thing!

Bad code makes browsers crash!
Heavy code makes browsers slow or incompatible!
Incompatible pages means angry or lost customers!

So why do it?

THEY'RE TOO LAZY TO TEST IT!..... ;/ *grrrrrrrrrrr*
Apr. 6th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Absolutely!
Additionally - like every similar company - Google wants to place "Chrome" on every computer out there. So: they make sure it works with Chrome - and thus appear to have the better browser because every other browser is now "second class" to them.
Personal preference aside, I have to use IE and the last thing I would do or recommend is installing more than one browser...
As for lazy: I doubt anybody could test all browsers and all feature combinations possible... UI-Tests are manual tests. They don't need to test every bit of JavaScript if there's a fallback solution in place.

The root of all evil is the person that decides that a web site has to look and feel like a desktop application...
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