Could we maybe try to be a little better at labeling links that go to videos? Not everybody is in a position to view video content at all times and it might be nice to have a little advance warning.
posted by Scientist to Etiquette/Policy at 10:56 AM (83 comments total)
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This isn't a callout or anything (though this is the thread
that inspired this post) but I was wondering if we could maybe try to label links in posts that go to videos. I've noticed that over the years more and more content that's linked to from the front page of the Blue is video-centric, even stuff that I would normally expect to be in a written format like news stories, gadget reviews, op-ed and philosophical commentary, etc. This is slightly problematic for me and perhaps for others as well.
I know that it's totally OK for people to post video content and I'm not asking that people throttle it back, but more often than not I find that I'm either uninterested in viewing or unable to view videos. Maybe I'm at work, or in a public place, where the sound would be inappropriate. Maybe I'm at home listening to music or enjoying a little quiet reading time with my partner and don't want that interrupted. Maybe I'm browsing on my phone and viewing videos would be somewhat cumbersome and inconvenient. Maybe I just don't want to totally devote my attention to a video for ten minutes, but would be willing to casually browse through a a written piece on an off over half an hour.
Now, I'm fully aware that the designers of my web browser have helpfully provided it with a back button, and I'm not shy about exercising that option. I also try to avoid going into threads where I've decided I'm not going to view the content and then making my opinion known anyway -- I'm not a barbarian, or at least I try not to act like one. ;-) But I quite often find myself excited about a link in a post, only to have my excitement turn quickly to disappointment after clicking on it and finding that the link goes to a video. It would be nice if that could be avoided, I think.
So what I'm asking is just whether or not people would consider voluntarily labeling links that go to videos in much the same way as we try to label links that go to PDF files (which are another content format that many people find unwieldy and not worth bothering with) so that folks can know what they're getting into before they click. I'm not proposing that we make this official policy or try to get the moderators on board with labeling links that posters don't label themselves, but I think it would be nice if more
(even if not all
) video links were labeled so that people such as myself don't have to deal with the feeling of vague disappointment that comes of having a promising link dead-end at content that we are unable or unwilling to sit through. I know it's a small problem, and that's why I'm only making a small request.
Is this something that people would be willing to take under consideration?