Do unexplained YouTube links annoy you? I don't mean FPs with a pattern of clearly identified YT links, or someone making a topical and fairly obvious post like "I like this version better"; but just an inline link
with zero context.
posted by pla to Etiquette/Policy at 5:27 AM (122 comments total)
I see this as similar to the annoying friend who seems convinced that if only he can trick you into watching enough JPop videos, you'll eventually become a fan - Yet when I receive emails that say only "check this one
out!", I delete them without a second glance.
I can't do the same on MeFi, obviously, but I feel that if people have something to say, they should say it with as few external dependencies as possible. A cite should support
your argument, not make it for
you; I feel that linked videos should do the same.
And most of the above assumes the link actually does have some
relevance to the FP post - Continuing from my FP text, when someone posts a Jay-Z video with only "I like this version better" in a thread about Kate Bush
(as a random example, I don't have a specific
post in mind here), I consider that a derail barely better than Rickrolling.
I'd love to hear the thoughts of the rest of the MeFi community on this - Do we have an official (or even "unstated") policy on this? Not looking for any sort of ban on no-context links, mostly just wondering it this annoys everybody
, or just me.
Full disclosure: I have really crappy internet service, and need to carefully consider every media-heavy page I visit lest I blow my monthly cap in under a week. Perhaps most people really don't care about blowing 50MB here and there with a stray click.