I don't want to sign up for a youtube account January 20, 2008 11:05 PM   Subscribe

I don't want to sign up for a youtube account.

While I'm sure this is a lovely video, I have no interest in opening yet another internet account just to watch it. As such, this post is fairly inaccessible.

The reason this is a MeTa instead of a flag-and-move-on is that I'm not sure whether youtube has become so ubiquitous that I just need to get over it and sign up for an account.

What say ye, mefites?
posted by tkolar to Etiquette/Policy at 11:05 PM (83 comments total)

You can sign in with Google, if you have that. I wouldn't have signed up to create yet another account, but since I have Google already, I said what the hey.
posted by Miko at 11:14 PM on January 20, 2008


I don't want to watch it unless I know if the baby is going to be circumcised or declawed.
posted by fandango_matt at 11:16 PM on January 20, 2008


Well, I don't want to look at adults whining like little bitches about how birth is gross, but there you go.
posted by thehmsbeagle at 11:17 PM on January 20, 2008 [7 favorites]


Luckily, the baby had an account with hertube.
posted by Rumple at 11:17 PM on January 20, 2008 [12 favorites]


Overall, youtube doesn't require sign up, so it's no problem to post it. In this case ('cause there's a vag) it's an adult video which requires a birthdate verification. It's stupid, and a drag, but unless you're interested in this cool birth video, I don't think there are too many occasions where you'd need to sign up to see a mefi link (because generally, you only need the sign-in for porn).
posted by moxiedoll at 11:18 PM on January 20, 2008


While I'm sure this is a lovely post, I have no interest in opening yet another internet account to flag it as noise. As such, this post is fairly useless.
posted by tehloki at 11:20 PM on January 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


OK, which one of us left this comment on the youtube video:

This video shouldn't be allowed on YouTube because kids will see it and it glamorizes vaginas and makes people think they're OK.
posted by Rumple at 11:21 PM on January 20, 2008 [24 favorites]


You can watch the embedded version without signing up.

Can we close the thread now?
posted by empath at 11:21 PM on January 20, 2008


Well, I don't want to look at adults whining like little bitches about how birth is gross, but there you go.

An SLY post of a gross video is going to get some comments to that effect. Deal.
posted by "Tex" Connor and the Wily Roundup Boys at 11:24 PM on January 20, 2008


I didn't want to have to read a series of comments about how freaked out people are by the beauty and mystery of nature, but that bug thread was full of them.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:30 PM on January 20, 2008


I liked nola's comment best.
posted by not_on_display at 11:30 PM on January 20, 2008


I love how YouTube has a "This video may not be suitable for minors" label. Well excuse me, but that baby isn't exactly over 18!
posted by fandango_matt at 11:34 PM on January 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


Well, I don't want to look at adults whining like little bitches about how birth is gross, but there you go.

Did you forget where you are? This is metafilter, people whine all the time.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 11:34 PM on January 20, 2008


If you right-click on the little icon next to a youtube link on MeFi it'll take you to a nice page featuring only the video and nothing else. And nobody asks you to sign up for anything.
posted by Kattullus at 11:36 PM on January 20, 2008


I'm pretty sure this bypass of YouTube's age verification still works; notice the difference between the first URL (the one used in the front page post) and the second:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aht0HqI7GSw
http://www.youtube.com/v/Aht0HqI7GSw

Just replace the "/watch?v=" with "/v/". I just logged out of YouTube, clicked the 2nd link and saw the video without any age verification.
posted by mediareport at 11:36 PM on January 20, 2008 [4 favorites]


Well, I don't want to look at adults two-year-olds whining like little bitches about how birth is gross, but there you go.

FTFY.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:38 PM on January 20, 2008


Yeah, you tried to start this on the blue, Blazecock Pileon. You'll forgive some of us if we don't see the beauty and magic of a slimy creature (and probably a future criminal) being expelled from a distended vagina.
posted by "Tex" Connor and the Wily Roundup Boys at 11:44 PM on January 20, 2008 [3 favorites]


I'm waiting for YouTube to show the birth of a test tube baby.
posted by Tube at 11:46 PM on January 20, 2008


Just so we're clear, you saw a link that said "Amazing Birth", a note that age verification would be required, and you clicked on the link anyway, knowing you would be disgusted by it. We can therefore assume the only reason you would do that would be to troll the post afterwards with tubgirl commentary.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:47 PM on January 20, 2008 [4 favorites]


We can A slobbering mental cripple could therefore assume the only reason you would do that would be to troll the post afterwards with tubgirl commentary.

FTFY.

I had actually never seen a video of a birth before. I had no idea what I'd think of it, and I was quite ready to experience the magic.
posted by "Tex" Connor and the Wily Roundup Boys at 11:52 PM on January 20, 2008


You'll forgive some of us if we don't see the beauty and magic of a slimy creature (and probably a future criminal) being expelled from a distended vagina.

God I hope you're being self parodical. But even then...


Anyway, tkolar, I think this is pretty much a one time deal. if you don't wanna sign up, don't. I can't imagine you'll run into this problem too often in the future.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 11:57 PM on January 20, 2008


At the risk of dragging this thread back onto the topic I started it for, the post in question violates this guideline. Or maybe it doesn't. Or maybe it does and nobody but me gives a crap.

I'm leaning towards the last option at this point, but I thought I'd give it one more try.
posted by tkolar at 11:58 PM on January 20, 2008


I'm with you in theory, tkolar, but workarounds for NYT registrations and the like have been part of the site for a long time. Maybe someone could start a "metafilter" account at YouTube that any of us could use if we didn't want to register. Or, we could just spread around that little bypass operation I mentioned above. :)

I'm waiting for YouTube to show the birth of a test tube baby.

Er...
posted by mediareport at 12:00 AM on January 21, 2008


empath wrote...
You can watch the embedded version without signing up.

Kattullus wrote...
If you right-click on the little icon next to a youtube link on MeFi it'll take you to a nice page featuring only the video and nothing else. And nobody asks you to sign up for anything.

I'm using FireFox 2.0.0.11 under Mac OS 10.5 and I don't see any links or embedded versions. Perhaps I am missing something?
posted by tkolar at 12:01 AM on January 21, 2008


The latter of the two, tkolar. I've seen plenty of links (almost all to news stories) on the blue that require free registration.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 12:01 AM on January 21, 2008


Or what mediareport said.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 12:02 AM on January 21, 2008


tkolar, you have to turn the option on in your profile.
posted by maudlin at 12:03 AM on January 21, 2008


I had actually never seen a video of a birth before.

As a defense of your trolling, you now claim ignorance of how babies are born. Which is strange and fascinating and explains much about your two-year-old-like behavior. Functionally incapable of flagging a post or bringing your concerns to Metatalk, you instead deliberately draw an offensive simile with a notably obscene record of coprophilia. Not much more to say, really, but that you are fooling no one but yourself.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:03 AM on January 21, 2008 [5 favorites]


I'm with you in theory, tkolar, but workarounds for NYT registrations and the like have been part of the site for a long time.

Actually you're right. It never even occurred to me that bugmenot would work for YouTube, but it does.

So, umm... never mind. If any of the mods are awake, feel free to close this thread.
posted by tkolar at 12:04 AM on January 21, 2008


maudlin wrote...
tkolar, you have to turn the option on in your profile.

Ah, thanks. This is turning out to be a very educational evening.
posted by tkolar at 12:08 AM on January 21, 2008


As a defense of your trolling, you now claim ignorance of how babies are born.

No, I claimed not to have seen a video of a birth before. Can you not read very well? I don't want to make fun of you if you can't, but it would make you ironically rather like a two year old.

Functionally incapable of flagging a post or bringing your concerns to Metatalk, you instead deliberately draw an offensive simile with a notably obscene record of coprophilia.

This is a matter of some interest to tubgirl scholars, and I believe the consensus is that she's not spraying shit at all. Just thought you might like to know.

Not much more to say, really, but that you are fooling no one but yourself that I'm a semi-literate blowhard who manufactures controversy to draw attention to myself.

FTFY.
posted by "Tex" Connor and the Wily Roundup Boys at 12:10 AM on January 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


No, I claimed not to have seen a video of a birth before I am backpedalling as much as possible

FTFY.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:13 AM on January 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


If any of the mods are awake, feel free to close this thread.

But what if someone needs to post a bullet list of random links?
posted by Meatbomb at 12:13 AM on January 21, 2008


But what if someone needs to post a bullet list of random links?

Knock yourself out. I'm going to bed.
posted by tkolar at 12:15 AM on January 21, 2008


If you're going to accuse me of backpedaling, at least point to a single position I've moved off of in this thread.

Of course you can't, because you're full of crap. Your questionable literacy caused you to read something I didn't write, I called you on it, and now you're trying to cover by attacking me. Real classy.
posted by "Tex" Connor and the Wily Roundup Boys at 12:21 AM on January 21, 2008


I wish people would just remember that bugmenot.com exists. You can bypass most passwords that way.
posted by miss lynnster at 12:26 AM on January 21, 2008


If you're going to accuse me of backpedaling, at least point to a single position I've moved off of in this thread.

Coming here and stating that you don't know how babies are born either makes you ignorant or a liar — backpedalling with either story doesn't really matter: your offensive follow-up was the deliberate act of a two-year-old throwing feces at the wall.

Real classy.

Not "tubgirl" classy, that's for sure.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:30 AM on January 21, 2008


Problem resolved! High fives all around!

Tex, Blazecock, maybe you two should sleep on it.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 12:30 AM on January 21, 2008


Sure would be great if the Tex and Blazecock show got taken to meffymail. Boy howdy, that sure would be great. It's sure not doing anyone else any good.
posted by mediareport at 12:34 AM on January 21, 2008


Gentlemen, please. Tex isn't a troll, and Blazecock isn't illiterate. Have a pancake, settle down.

Though I do think it would have been fun to have Tex in Health class, because he would have been the kid who passed out during the birth video. There's always one.
posted by louche mustachio at 12:35 AM on January 21, 2008


Coming here and stating that you don't know how babies are born either makes you ignorant or a liar

I never said that, and it's quite dishonest of you to repeatedly claim I did. At this point, I think you know that what you're saying is false, but you keep saying it to score point in whatever idiotic game you're playing.

Cut it out.
posted by "Tex" Connor and the Wily Roundup Boys at 12:36 AM on January 21, 2008


Do you need hugs?



I promise I won't have a baby on you.

posted by louche mustachio at 12:37 AM on January 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


Cut it out.

Grow up.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:38 AM on January 21, 2008


Grow up.

Remind me who's been telling stupid, transparent lies to support a baseless attack on someone? You're not really in the position to be telling anyone to grow up, pal.
posted by "Tex" Connor and the Wily Roundup Boys at 12:41 AM on January 21, 2008


"Please! Please! This is supposed to be a happy occasion! Let's not bicker and argue about who killed who. We are here today to witness the union of two young people in the joyful bond of the holy wedlock. Unfortunately, one of them, my son Herbert, has just fallen to his death."
posted by Kattullus at 12:41 AM on January 21, 2008 [3 favorites]


If only there were some kind of MetaTalkTalk so I could post an alert to anyone who might be missing this terrific argument!
posted by thehmsbeagle at 12:44 AM on January 21, 2008


i wouldn't have any problem inadvertently witnessing a wrinkled, red, squalling new human being forced out of a slimy, gaping vajayjay.

providing a credit card number as prerequisite for age verification? that's a problem.
posted by bruce at 12:47 AM on January 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


Blazecock, you're being an idiot. "Tex," I ... I just like typing your name.
posted by wemayfreeze at 12:48 AM on January 21, 2008


Don't make me stop this car, you two!
posted by amyms at 12:49 AM on January 21, 2008


Blazecock, you're being an idiot.
posted by fandango_matt at 12:54 AM on January 21, 2008


STOP IT OR I'M TURNING THIS INTERNET AROUND RIGHT NOW!
posted by louche mustachio at 12:54 AM on January 21, 2008 [4 favorites]


I wish "blazecock pileon" wouldn't always make such an effort to live up to his screen name. Maybe we should chip in to buy him a name like "othercheek conciliation" or something like that.
posted by Meatbomb at 12:58 AM on January 21, 2008 [6 favorites]


You guys know tubgirl is old hat and the kids these days are all on 2girls1cup, right? You have to keep up, because the other day I think I saw what's going to follow 2girls1cup...
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 1:02 AM on January 21, 2008


... the end of civilization as we know it?
posted by louche mustachio at 1:07 AM on January 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


So, while those two are in time out, can I duck in for a moment and say thanks, Kattullus?

Yeah, bugmenot works--but it's out of bandwidth AGAIN so it ain't working now. Yeah, the Google account thing works--but I prefer not to link the two (or really, create one for YT but bypass some steps due to duplicate data). But right-clicking works, and I finally got to see what everyone else in that thread was commenting about (well, minus the aforementioned two bickering above).
posted by librarylis at 1:08 AM on January 21, 2008


I'm keeping my eye on this thread in case someone goes after the Jews.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:11 AM on January 21, 2008


COME ON GUYS, KEEP THE BIRTH THREAD INSULTS IN THE BIRTH THREAD

FOR FUCK'S SAKE, A LITTLE ORGANIZATION AROUND HERE
posted by Mikey-San at 1:14 AM on January 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


Are insults bad for bbay?
posted by louche mustachio at 1:16 AM on January 21, 2008


Jews are a bunch of cheap hook-nosed bastards amirite lol
posted by Meatbomb at 1:38 AM on January 21, 2008


the kids these days are all on 2girls1cup

Huh, first time I've heard of that shock video. I'll try it out next time I'm in an Apple Store.
posted by ryanrs at 1:42 AM on January 21, 2008 [2 favorites]


I came.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 2:22 AM on January 21, 2008


I saw.
posted by cgc373 at 2:31 AM on January 21, 2008


I left.


PS. Tex and Blazecock go way back. That much is apparent.
posted by y2karl at 3:14 AM on January 21, 2008 [2 favorites]


I conquered all. All y'all. All y'all.
posted by mullacc at 3:15 AM on January 21, 2008


Get over it and sign up for an account. I'm no fan of Youtube either, but it's not all bad and this was a cool video to see. You're missing out man, it takes all of two minutes to sign up, at most, and you've spent more than two minute bitching about having to sign up.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:16 AM on January 21, 2008


I came back from the dead for THIS?
posted by Dizzy at 4:33 AM on January 21, 2008


And really if you were call this video out for anything, how about the cheesy soundtrack?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:54 AM on January 21, 2008


It was a pretty weak front page post, if you ask me, but the people making comments all seemed to like it. Here's another restricted link for you to miss.
posted by Dave Faris at 5:04 AM on January 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


I just need to get over it and sign up for an account.


Yes
posted by caddis at 5:06 AM on January 21, 2008


THIS HOW BABBY IS FORMEd?
posted by loquacious at 5:12 AM on January 21, 2008 [8 favorites]


I hate Dave Faris and you will too if you click on that link.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:13 AM on January 21, 2008


I didn't think of bugmenot, but I just used a throwaway yahoo email address, told youtube that I was born in 1901, and things worked. Not ideal, but not the end of the world, either -- and it's not as if a 13 year old wouldn't be capable of having an email address and claiming to be 107, too, so I'm not so clear on what this age "verification" is supposed to accomplish (besides protecting the tender eyes of Tex).
posted by Forktine at 5:28 AM on January 21, 2008


Yeah, you tried to start this on the blue, Blazecock Pileon. You'll forgive some of us if we don't see the beauty and magic of a slimy creature (and probably a future criminal) being expelled from a distended vagina.
posted by "Tex" Connor and the Wily Roundup Boys at 11:44 PM on January 20


You are an embarrassment.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 5:30 AM on January 21, 2008 [3 favorites]


Forktime: Satisfies the feds. That's all they care about anyhow.
posted by mendel at 5:34 AM on January 21, 2008

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posted by killdevil at 5:57 AM on January 21, 2008 [25 favorites]


are trolls mammals?
posted by pyramid termite at 6:14 AM on January 21, 2008


Is it wrong to tell YouTube you were born on July 6, 1946?
posted by flabdablet at 6:19 AM on January 21, 2008


My favorite part of the thread is how everyone thinks Miko said 'Only Americans experience discomfort during childbirth, and it's because of science.'
posted by shakespeherian at 6:26 AM on January 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


How is babby sign up for BugMeNot?
posted by Rock Steady at 6:27 AM on January 21, 2008


Sort of weak post. That said, I agree with Blazecock and Optimus.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 6:43 AM on January 21, 2008


omg. OMG. OMG! OMG! BABIES!

Who will think of the children? Does no one ever think of the children?!
posted by oddman at 6:52 AM on January 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


This is a matter of some interest to tubgirl scholars, and I believe the consensus is that she's not spraying shit at all. Just thought you might like to know.

As a TubGirl™ scholar from way back, I'm thoroughly convinced that what we are seeing is, in fact, butterscotch pudding. Without conclusive DNA testing and a matching sample, I'm not 100% on this but then again, in the world of science, who really is?
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 6:53 AM on January 21, 2008


So, to sum up:

1. We don't get many age-restricted videos posted to the front page, so it's probably not a big deal either way. But:

2. There are a number of ways you can deal with the issue of an age-verified video:

- You can watch the mefi-embedded version without an issue (on the Customize Metafilter page, check the "Display YouTube Video inline?" box); just click (or right-click) on the inline icon.
- You can hack the url by replacing "/watch?v=" with "/v/" to get an unverified fullscreen version
- You can use bugmenot to borrow a login.
- You can expedite account creation using your google/gmail account (click "logging in" and then "Login with your Google account");
- You could just plain old sign up and use a throwaway address and made up info.

That's about it. Tex, BP: next time take that shit to email, for fuck's sake.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:53 AM on January 21, 2008 [11 favorites]


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