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YouTube was one of the Engineering and technology good articles, but it has been removed from the list. There are suggestions below for improving the article to meet the good article criteria. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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Semi-protected edit request on 4 March 2021Edit (talk) 15:45, 4 March 2021 (UTC)x Youtube unblock please Y.
  Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format and provide a reliable source if appropriate. If you are trying to somehow get YouTube to unblock you, or maybe for your connection to unblock access to YouTube, here is not the place to do that. Pupsterlove02 talkcontribs 15:50, 4 March 2021 (UTC)

x Youtube unblock please Y. (talk) 15:45, 4 March 2021 (UTC)

  Not done: requests for decreases to the page protection level should be directed to the protecting admin or to Wikipedia:Requests for page protection if the protecting admin is not active or has declined the request. P.I. Ellsworth  ed. put'r there 15:54, 4 March 2021 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 12 March 2021Edit

2402:3A80:15CB:85B:F44C:3892:B361:5E56 (talk) 15:10, 12 March 2021 (UTC)

<html> <head> <title>Abhishek Kumar</title> <head> <body></body> </html>

  Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format and provide a reliable source if appropriate. ~ Aselestecharge-paritytime 15:12, 12 March 2021 (UTC)

List of secretly banned words on youtube (shadowbanned comments}Edit

who interested in secret youtube political-racial censorship that is not presented at all in overly detailed youtube policies, here is video of this banned words that you cant say on youtube at all. - maybe someone will add this to main article and let the others know. Sergey Woropaew (talk) 17:34, 4 April 2021 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 5 April 2021Edit

Add to the Youtube Stories section: Publisher can see number of views, comments, and likes on active Story. The Stories expire after 7 days. Source: Pologirl12 (talk) 06:33, 5 April 2021 (UTC)

  •   Not done It isn't practical to mention every feature of the site, particularly if it has not received significant coverage in secondary sources. The source given has WP:NOTHOWTO problems.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 07:05, 5 April 2021 (UTC)

Edit requestEdit

In the censorship section, it says the Pakistani ban is still in operation as of 2013. I am requesting for that to be removed.

Semi-protected edit request on 13 April 2021Edit

So Youtube is a porn site. Kaelen Luther King (talk) 13:25, 13 April 2021 (UTC)

  Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format and provide a reliable source if appropriate. ‑‑ElHef (Meep?) 13:33, 13 April 2021 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 15 April 2021Edit

cool video software Cooluser96 (talk) 09:37, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

  Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format and provide a reliable source if appropriate. ScottishFinnishRadish (talk) 10:28, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 18 April 2021Edit

In the YouTube Shorts section, a sentence reads "The platform is not at first be a standalone app." The "at first be" seems to be improper grammar, and I would suggest replacing it so that the sentence reads something along the lines of "The platform is not itself a standalone app" or "is not currently a standalone app." 2601:681:4502:BD40:2C0E:286B:A749:6E3E (talk) 21:44, 18 April 2021 (UTC)

Done. Thanks. Larry Hockett (Talk) 21:51, 18 April 2021 (UTC)


I notice there has been a lot of work on the LEAD. It's my opinion that the LEAD doesn't actually achieve MOS:INTRO / summary style at the moment. This isn't a huge deal for me as I think the article as a whole needs thinking (like for instance it's not clear to me that everything in history belongs there versus in another section) but since there are some interested editors I thought it helpful to say. Best, Barkeep49 (talk) 19:11, 19 April 2021 (UTC)

I'm the one who recently rewrote the lede. I appreciate you writing this message, because it motivated me to incorporate more aspects into the lede (thus a better summary) and do so in a more succinct manner. In particular, a link to social impact was added, and the controversies paragraph has been moved to that section, so it now serves as a useful summary to that lengthy section instead of bloating the article lede. -Pmffl (talk) 19:18, 19 April 2021 (UTC)
Glad to hear it Pmffl. I saw you removed the controversies. I have my own issues with that section per WP:CSECTION and my plan is to incorporate its content elsewhere (likely some in history and some in features) but it is a substantial aprt of the article and should probably be summarized. Right now this article is very long so the LEAD is likely to be on the longer side too, probably four or five full paragraphs. Best, Barkeep49 (talk) 20:05, 19 April 2021 (UTC)
To be clear, I didn't remove controversies from the lede - I changed it to a link to that section. As far as I'm concerned, all important aspects of YouTube are now succinctly covered in the lede. (See this version of the article.) -Pmffl (talk) 20:08, 19 April 2021 (UTC)
So the lead (I never understood why we spell it like that rather than lede) is designed to be the article in miniature. Right now that section has about 6,000 words which is a huge percentage of the overall article. This is probably too much. However even in a small format its big ideas should be covered in the lead and not just linked to the section in my opinion. Best, Barkeep49 (talk) 20:21, 19 April 2021 (UTC)
I disagree about controversies - it becomes a bloated spam magnet for every new item. I much prefer a link to the section (or article if it ever gets split off like social impact did) with a very brief summary.
At the end of the day, most people watch Youtube primarily for entertainment (which is why Despacito and other music vids dominate the most-watched list). The controversies section (and social impact article) are somewhat niche topics in this context; definitely important, but shouldn't be given prominence in the lede. -Pmffl (talk) 20:23, 19 April 2021 (UTC)

Split off the Controversies section into a new articleEdit

I'd like to split off the lengthy Controversies section into a new article, similar to how the social impact of YouTube article was split off from that section sometime ago. I'm aware of WP:CRITS, but this is a reasonable exception given that Category:YouTube controversies currently has 78 pages. Any objections? -Pmffl (talk) 01:20, 20 April 2021 (UTC)

Unfortunately I am not in favor of this idea. There is no "category" exception to WP:CRITS. YouTube criticism belongs in our encyclopedic coverage of the topic. In its current form it might be undue (I suspect it is, but I haven't worked with in detail yet). Best, Barkeep49 (talk) 02:08, 20 April 2021 (UTC)
I don't understand your objection. What do you mean by "category" exception?
Here's the thing - this article is already too long, and a big chunk of it is the Controversies section. Given how popular YT is and how much crap will continue to be uploaded, there will only be more and more controversies over time. Splitting off into a separate article is a good move for the health of this article. Again, similar to the Social impact section, there will still be some prose about it here. -Pmffl (talk) 03:32, 20 April 2021 (UTC)
I agree the Controversies section is too long. The solution is to give due coverage to it here not to split it off from this article. This is why I noted above my longterm thinking that what should be saved needs to be (appropriately) incorporated elsewhere in the article. Barkeep49 (talk) 15:21, 20 April 2021 (UTC)
Okay, I'll let it go. The most important thing is improving that article content, regardless of where it resides. -Pmffl (talk) 17:36, 20 April 2021 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 4 May 2021Edit

Under the YouTube Shorts section, it says that they are 15 seconds long and only testing in India. 1. Replace the 15 seconds with 1 minute (I have personally made very "long" shorts) 2. I'm not sure about the Shorts Camera (still in selective beta), but I do know that anyone, anywhere can upload, with the regular method (has to be vertical), and everyone on mobile has access to the shorts, so maybe add that too Sorry, I've never suggested edits before, so I don't quite know how. (talk) 13:41, 4 May 2021 (UTC)

  Not done for now: We need to have reliable sources for the time limits, we can't use personal experience. The sourcing now specifies the 15 second time frame. As for suggesting edits we prefer that you provide the exact text you'd like to add, remove or change, along with the sourcing. It makes it easier for us volunteers who go around trying to answer all of these requests. Thanks. ScottishFinnishRadish (talk) 14:08, 4 May 2021 (UTC)
I was able to find Reliable Sourcing to suggest that they may be up to a minute long and have added that content to the article. Best, Barkeep49 (talk) 14:52, 4 May 2021 (UTC)
I found google's official support page on the topic. It says, "To make your Short longer than 15 seconds, tap 15s above the record button to record up to 60 seconds (60s). Note: Recording with music from our library is limited to 15 seconds." [1] (talk) 12:58, 5 May 2021 (UTC)
Oh, that source disagrees with WP:NOTHOWTO found another one: "The feature allows creators to record, edit and share short-form video content that’s 60 seconds or less in length." [2] (talk) 13:07, 5 May 2021 (UTC) the 60 second time limit is currently in the article. Best, Barkeep49 (talk) 14:36, 5 May 2021 (UTC)
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