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* AcceptableTargets:
** [=YouTube=] commenters, and to some extent, [=YouTube=] itself due to the number of changes (for good or [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks ill]]).
** Copyright directors, owing to their KnightTemplar attitude and exploitation of the broken Content ID system to take down criticism or parodies of the works they legally represent.
** On a related note, the Content ID system: [[ShiftingTheBurdenOfProof the burden of proof lies not with the claimants, but with content creators,]] [[KarmaHoudini fraudulent claims lead to no repercussions for claimants whatsoever,]] [[MiscarriageOfJustice while the "Three Strikes" rule for creators getting hit by claims (real or otherwise) are considered to heavily penalise legit creators,]] and [[{{Greed}} claimants can collect any revenue from the creators' videos being targeted regardless of the validity of said copyright claims.]]
* AuthorsSavingThrow: In 2015, [=YouTube=] dropped the deeply unpopular policy of requiring a Google+ account to comment.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** Most, if not, ALL [=YouTube=] video ads that are in the start, middle, end (or worse, [[UpToEleven EVERYWHERE]], if you are watching something like a foreign film/softcore film) in the video are like this. It could show something completely irrelevant to what you are watching/about to watch, like a shampoo ad in a video about sports. After it ends, the video starts/resumes/ends immediately, as if nothing happened. Sometimes, though not as much as when they [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness first installed the ad system]], an "ad" video can seem to "misfire" and go to a completely random video on [=YouTube=]. It's one thing if you get to the little yellow bar and get an advertisement for a product, it's another entirely when you're watching a ten-minute clip from a nature show only to suddenly get interrupted by a four hour concert, or a cellphone camera video where someone is ranting about something in a completely foreign language.
** In 2011-2012, there was a troll war (or if you made TV mocks a mock reviewer war), where trolls and users fought (in communities like the Barney Bunch, the Emergency Alert System fanbase, and other fanbases and groups) and for people who made TV mocks, mock reviewers "reviewed" mocks and fought with the makers. Fast forward to 2016, and '''almost nobody''' remembers it, as if nothing happened.
* BrokenBase: The [=YouTube=] ad system is a divisible topic between the users. Defenders say it's a good, albeit flawed, idea which bring more creators to the website (giving half of the ad revenue), increasing the content. In other hand, people who hate it say it's annoying to have to watch ads and [=YouTube=] should be ad-free again.
* ComplainingAboutPeopleNotLikingTheShow: The MemeticMutation of ''"{Insert number of dislikes a video has here} People Missed the Like Button."''
* CriticalResearchFailure:
** There have been hundreds of videos taken down due to [=YouTube=] recognizing bogus copyright claims. So much so, that listing them all would take all day, so that's all we're saying on the matter.
** They released a pay service called "[=YouTube Red=]". Apparently whoever thought of that hasn't realised that [=RedTube=] is the name of one of the largest pornographic websites.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: Among the seemingly unending pile of comments, ''many'' witty remarks can cause this to occur, nowadays usually located in the "Top Comments" section.
* DiscreditedMeme:
** Comment memes tend to stick around past their expiration dates.
** Also comment chain letters, due to many users deleting them from their videos on sight.
* FanHater:
** Some people will not only troll videos of bands/works they don't like, while harassing their fans -- but some will even go as far as to upload videos that insult said fans of the band/work.
** Not to mention the comment section... What's worse is that it ''gets liked''.
* FlameWar: You can locate them on many videos. Some span over weeks, months, or even ''years'' [[ThreadNecromancer if someone replies to an age-old comment]].
* {{GIFT}}: The [=YouTube=] comments section can be filled with this. Quite a few [=YouTube=] videos often lampshade and parody this.
%%* {{Glurge}}: Many animal videos.
* HarsherInHindsight: [=YouTube=] implemented a strict policy on gun-related videos on March 20th, 2018, that resulted in many firearm videos showing how they functioned and could be disassembled/reassembled were taken down or threatened. Exactly two weeks later, there was a shooting at the HQ.
* InternetBackdraft:
** [[SchmuckBait Go ahead]] - ''try'' telling the userbase that you like any of the changes that Google has applied to the website.
** If you're feeling even braver or stupider, try saying you understand why the copyright rules are so shoddy and allow for exploitation.
** If you say you support Website/GooglePlus being on [=YouTube=], be prepared to get dozens of hatemail.
** Do ''not'' mention that you think a site user that abused their position should be allowed back.
** In fact, it might just be wise to not state any kind of opinion on any topic at all because [=YouTube=] commenters tend to be an incredibly volatile bunch...
** False copyright strikes or even ''automated'' copyright strikes are a surefire way to raise a stink. Two such examples include the controversy regarding VideoGame/DayOneGarrysIncident and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic launching a "Where's the Fair Use" movement directly calling out [=YouTube=] for exactly this.
*** This one reached a fever pitch when Creator/TeamFourStar wound up having their channel ''taken down'' due to 4 strikes in a single day.
*** More and more, users are now coming to believe that the Copyright ID system was created specifically to cater to the big media corporations, who seem to view Fair Use as legalized piracy, and also see reviews and parodies as threats to their reputation and profits.
** The stricter rules to be part of [=YouTube=] Partner Program and monetize videos in the website, which started in 2017, was very criticized by users. While the 10000 overall views wasn't a deal breaker for some, the new rules in 2018 require you to have 1000 subs and '4000 hours' worth of views in the past 12 months. Many considered it a giant "fuck you" to small and niche channels, creators of short videos and people who are starting in [=YouTube=] now, as well a way to pander to big channels and eliminating raising stars. To add more insult to the injury, it's implied this is a reaction to controversial videos of ''LetsPlay/PewDiePie'' and Logan Paul, owners of big channels which are not getting hit by this new rules.
** The whole Logan Paul controversy. Despite showing a dead body from a person who recently committed suicide, he was only punished after a massive pressure from users. And the punishment wasn't enough for the majority. And this only worsened weeks latter when [=YouTube=] accidentally promoted his channel across the entire website for every user, subscribed or not, which caused another massive backdraft. Again, [=YouTube=] tried to make amends with the users, punishing again Logan Paul and removing all ads from his videos. But this only lasted for a few weeks and now he has his ads back. In the end, many feel Logan Paul himself is the biggest winner considering the free exposure he got from this controversy and this shows how [=YouTube=] protects the biggest stars from the platform.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: [=YouTube=] in general is very popular in Japan.
* JumpingTheShark: From the creators point of view started in 2017 with the so called "Adpocalypse" where many [=YouTubers=] got way less money after some big companies stopped advertising on [=YouTube=] after their ads appeared in hateful videos. As results of less income, many [=YouTube=]rs either produced less videos or stopped. [=YouTube=] created a machine learning "bot" to detect inappropriate content and flag it[[note]]A flagged video either has limited ads or no ads[[/note]] but this attracted more controversy with the creators accusing [=YouTube=] of flagging certain types of videos as a censorship attempt. And this only worsened with the new ad rules covered in InternetBackdraft above.
* MemeticMutation: So many memes have originated from this site that it [[Memes/YouTube has its own sub-page]].
* {{Misblamed}}: Many people will accuse [=YouTube=] of their constant attacks on users involving Copyright, ''when'' it's actually not them doing that; it's the companies that involve said content that attack the users, [=YouTube=] simply being in a sense, the dog of the company on chains.
* {{Narm}}: A good number of the comments are hard to take seriously, and are unintentionally funny. Even the serious comments that get upvoted often have too many misspellings and errors to ever take seriously.
* NostalgiaFilter:
** This is one of the most often used YMMV tropes on [=YouTube=]. Any video from the 90s, earlier decade, or even early-mid 2000s (some even ''early 2010s'') will have comments (usually with several thumbs up or even as the top comment) claiming that everything was better back then or that said mass-media (music, cartoons, etc.) "sucks now." Even if it was something heavily criticized at the time.
** Greek videos of anything that aired/premiered in Greece from the 2000s or earlier take the cake, though: Almost any of those videos is guaranteed to have at least one comment bashing anything belonging in that mass-media, some even going into full-on FanHater mode. A good example would be a comment in the Greek version of [[Disney/{{Hercules}} The Gospel Truth]], where someone said something along the lines of "now the actors in Greek dubs of Disney films can't even talk". And this type of comment is ''more'' likely to be upvoted or even the top comment in there.
* OvershadowedByControversy: Most discussions about [=YouTube=] in TheNewTens have revolved around their tricky relationships with content creators and advertisers, which has led to a large number of [[ScrappyMechanic scrappy mechanics]] covered on the site's own segment on that trope's page.
* PanderingToTheBase: [[http://utubeclassic.com/ Utube Classic]] in a nutshell.
* ScrappyMechanic: [[ScrappyMechanic/YouTube There's a whole bunch of them. So much, that it warrants its own page.]]
* SoBadItsGood:
** [=YouTube's=] captioning device (which is originally used for deaf people) qualifies when it has such word salad gems as "[[Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple I have a six-year-old and that may be headed for trouble]]", "[[Creator/AbbottAndCostello Fuck my sex life]]", "[[Anime/YuGiOh I designed this virtual stadium myself in prison]]", "[[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Let me show you who's going to lose a lot of pot]]", "[[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd It's like you've given up on election day]]", and "[[Anime/SonicX My brain, you know it going to die]]" being around. These captions are considered FunnyMoments, even if the video shown is supposed to be serious and/or not funny. It's even more hilarious when you find shows and video games that are mainly meant for a younger audience and they find naughty words like "[[VideoGame/KirbysEpicYarn Sexy]]", "[[WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck Vaginally]]", "[[WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck S]][[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames h]][[Series/KenanAndKel i]][[VideoGame/MarioParty t]]", "[[VideoGame/MarioParty Genitals]]", "[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Fuck]]", "[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Cock]]", "[[Creator/{{Disney}} Asshole]]", and "[[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Faggot]]". We actually want you to go click on the CC button for almost any video around if it's shown there. If you want to find some ''more'' of these pictures, click either [[http://youchew.net/forum/index.php?/topic/66074-post-inaccurate-youtube-transcribed-captions-here/ here]] or [[http://www.youchew.net/wiki/index.php/User:Crazy_Luigi/Funny_YouTube_Captions_Gallery here.]]
** It is even known for mistaking names [[https://youtu.be/B8I8vhGHC2E such as Tucker]] for the word "fucker".
** To show that Website/YouTube's captioning system has ''indeed'' left a mark on the Internet, one needs to look no further than ''[[EnsembleDarkhorse/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic "Steven]] [[Memes/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Magnet"]]'', a FanNickname given to a purple sea serpent that appeared in one episode ''because'' of the line given out during one of his scenes, ''and [[AscendedFanon became his canon name]]''.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks/YouTube Hoo, boy... where do we begin...]]
* WTHCastingAgency: Some people feel that [=YouTube's=] Copyright School video falls into this. While the video itself is fine in theory, the video chooses to use the ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' to tell the story, despite them not really having a channel on [=YouTube=][[note]]There are videos of episodes from that series on [=YouTube=], but they are uploaded alongside other content on one channel[[/note]]. As some people have pointed out, it would make much more sense for people who actually have to deal with [=YouTube=]'s Copyright system on a regular basis, like LetsPlay/PewDiePie, to be the ones to walk people through the process.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: A scandal based on videos since 2015-16, gaining popularity in late 2017, dubbed [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elsagate Elsagate]], revealed hundreds of videos across hundreds of channels featuring seemingly family-friendly characters such as [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Elsa]] and Franchise/{{Spiderman}} enacting bizarre, violent, or even sexual scenarios, many of which [[FridgeHorror have apparently been seen by many passive toddlers millions of times]]. WebVideo/FoldingIdeas [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKp2gikIkD8 does a thorough examination of the phenomenon here]], as well as the dubious logic as to why they're still allowed on the website.
%%* WinBackTheCrowd: [=YouTube=] Rewind 2012.
* VindicatedByHistory: 009 Sound System's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKfS5zVfGBc "Dreamscape"]] was originally loathed back in 2008 as it was seemingly everywhere due to it being one of the default free songs [=YouTube=] would allow anyone to add to their video. It also had a tendency to replace the original audio if there was a copyright strike on a video. Many years, changes and trends later, the song is now seen in a better light, with most people associating it with what they feel was the Golden Age of [=YouTube=]. Going by the comments, most dictate that the song itself is actually not that bad so much as it was overused back at the time.
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