These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Acceptable Targets: Youtube commentors, and to some extent, Youtube itself due to the number of changes (for good or ill).
Copyright directors, owing to their Knight Templar attitude and exploitation of the broken system to take down criticism or parodies of the works they legally represent.
Google+, a system which was largely disliked before it was even forced upon YouTube's users. The system itself is glitch-ridden (see "Obvious Beta"), insists that the users use their real names (something that earlier revisions of the site discouraged), and seriously alters with the interface that users had encountered previously (for instance, many "recommended channels" have been altered to be completely unrecognizable to users, and many users have lost large numbers of subscribers and/or personal subscriptions). The system allegedly exists so that Google can claim to own the largest social network on the internet, even if the social network in question consists almost entirely of a graveyard of inactive pages. Naturally, Youtube founder Jawed Karim took to Twitter to express his anger.
YouTube's official channel was sealed as this due to an increase in its exposure resulting in a sudden subscriber increase in mid-February 2013.
The whole account was taken down, not just that video, so if there was also Super Sentai, Power Rangers, Kamen Rider, or Digimon on that channel, that would explain it, and thus not be CRF. However, there are probably other examples of this trope.
Additionally, this can also occur with certain songs, such as this video of the song "Madonna", which has its artist inaccurately labeled as "Madonna". That is not correct, as the song's actual artist is the K PopGirl Group known as Secret. Coincidentally, Madonna herself has also recorded a song called "Secret", although the video's label manages to give correct attribution to the song's original artist.
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.
Nostalgia Filter: My god, where to begin? Pretty much any video from the 90s or earlier decade (some even early-to-mid 2000s) 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.
Obvious Beta: Most of the changes that the site undergoes tend to be implemented haphazardly - made even worse considering that there is little to no beta-testing for most of the changes in the first place. The best example of this would have to be the Google+ incident, where a number of people were left unable to leave replies to messages and were repeatedly reminded to use their real name on the internet.
The way videos buffer is a pain in the ass. If you seek back to a part of the video you already buffered, whatever you buffered is lost and the entire video from that point has to rebuffer again. This is due to what's called "Dash playback". Previously, YouTube used to allow everyone to buffer the whole video, so it was possible for those with slower connections to start buffering a video they want to watch (especially at higher qualities) and then come back later when it's done or near-done buffering. Then in more recent years, Google switched over to DASH, which causes the videos to buffer in chunks of about one minute, rather than allowing users to cache the whole buffer on their systems. This does not work out for everyone, and for a while people were trying to figure out how to fix this issue. Then in 2013, an extension called "YouTube Center" received coverage around various tech websites. It received such attention because it finally provided YouTube users a way to disable "Dash playback", meaning that people could once again buffer whole YouTube videos and seek anywhere they want without having to rebuffer again. However, Google then later switched up their quality systems, which caused two important quality settings (480p and 1080p) to be disabled if a user has managed to disable DASH, whether they're using the extension or not. So basically, it's like Google is saying, "Go back to Dash playback or else."
Video size and quality options just never seem to stick. It doesn't matter if you have a computer capable of playing videos at large size and 1080p, YouTube WILL force your videos back to small size and 144p after some time has passed.
The new Google+ comment integration can be seen as this. See "They Changed It, Now It Sucks" below.
The "Recommended For You" system either suggests random videos with no explanation for why it thinks you're interested in them, or it's massively redundant and suggests videos you've already watched, are from people you've subscribed to, and even your own videos.
Just about anytime YouTube unveils a new update, various different problems and glitches throughout the rest of the site pop up, and they take forever to get fixed. Some specific examples are as follows:
Inbox would display certain P Ms, comments, or other such messages as unread, even after you had read them.
When uploading videos, sometimes an error message would display during the processing, saying that your video is unable to be processed and will need to be queued for processing at a later time.
Everybody's every freakin' activity is displayed in your homepage feed, despite selecting, "Show only uploads from _____".
As of this writing (November 2013), two current glitches plaguing the site are editing annotations not working properly, and error messages when going through pages in your playlists (such as uploads, favorites, and likes).
If you've posted videos longer than 15 minutes, YouTube will freeze the view count on those videos, citing that view counts update only when the video is viewed in its entirety.
The site is now also, for some reason, displaying subscription updates on your homepage that are years old! It makes no sense to look through new uploads and find one that you've already watched from four, five, six, and even seven years ago mixed in with legitimate new uploads.
And now, as of June 26, 2014, you can't access any of your own features. At all. If you click on your user icon to try to access your uploads, playlists, settings, et al., all you will receive is a little info box with your icon, username, and the options to add a new account (why?) or sign out. So how the hell are we even supposed to access anything on our account?
To show that YouTube's captioning system has indeed left a mark on the Internet, one needs to look no further than "StevenMagnet", a Fan Nickname given to a purple sea serpent that appeared in one episode because of the line given out during one of his scenes, and became his canon name.
The forcing of the Google Accounts. Hope you got a Yahoo! account instead. Otherwise, you'd better have a mobile phone. Don't have one? Luckily it seems like the mobile phone number is only used as an optional security measure. Doesn't help though that the skip link on it is in a very tiny font.
They also completely screwed up the main page, making it fairly unorganized.
The February 2014 update. To say that the main page has turned into a clusterfuck would be a MASSIVE Understatement
"YouTube Channels 2.0", introduced in 2009, got a lot of flak.
And then history repeats itself with 3.0.
And again, in surprisingly quick succession, with the "YouTube One Channel" layout when it was launched in limited beta.
And now the YouTube One Channel layout is going to be mandatory.
Also when they removed the 1-5 star rating system, changing it simply to "Like" or "Dislike".
And now, YouTube has completely removed the ability to enable or disable like/dislikes on videos, which, naturally, invites bunches of trolls to come in and just keep clicking dislike over and over again.
The new ad system, which sometimes occurs, and it forces you to either watch a full ad, which you can't skip or watch a commercial halfway through the video, the latter is unknown until it plays, and sometimes forces you to watch a commercial for several minutes before returning to the actual video you were watching. In fact, some times the ads are longer than the videos themselves! Luckily this doesn't seem to occur all the time, yet.
The new video page designs, which causes major slowdowns on browsers like Firefox when trying to watch a video.
On December 6, 2012, they officially switched to a new design. There have been many criticisms about this new design, such as the fact that the default tab on the front page is "what to watch" instead of "my subscriptions." They have also made where to log in, you have to use your email address, rather than your username. And that on wider screens, there is a massive amount of empty space taking up the entire right half of the screen.
Trying to force users to use their real name instead of their username. It's an attempt to curb spam, but all it did was cause users to put in obviously fake names like "Chuck Norris" and "Bruce Wayne".
November 6, 2013, after years of pestering and stealth changes to YouTube accounts that were not merged with Google+, a social network site. Google updated the YouTube comments so that the feature and infobox connects directly to Google+. Meaning that if users want to comment as well as receive comments then it requires a registered Google, Gmail, and Google+ account in order to do so. Even one of the co-founders of Youtube (Jawed Karim) reacted negatively to it.
"why the fuck do i need a google+ account to comment on a video?" "I can't comment here anymore, since I don't want a google+ account."
Even if there's a good enough reason for that (that being to prevent spam, troll comments, and otherwise frivolous comments like "Nice video"), there is no reason why anyone should have to access their video manager to find their inbox. One's inbox should appear right when they click their username, easy to find, not something you have to hunt or Google directions for.
The new comment section, removing the character limit and changing it all into something like Reddit does has caused massive amounts of trolling by posting sections of books, offensive ASCII art, and whole movie scripts. It gets even worse from there. The new comment section allows users to link to other websites. This doesn't seem so bad at first, until you realize that99% of the commenters that even use this feature just use it to link their fellow youtubers to Shock Sites, viruses, Screamer Pranks, Porn, and other stupid shit. And comment chain letters? They came back. Not exactly Google's fault this time, but it's yet another detail on top of it all.
Originally comments on a video were separated into numbered pages, allowing users to easily skip around. This was changed to a far less practical drop down message format, meaning that a person might have to load up hundreds of comments to find a specific one. The "show all comments" button was removed for a time, although it was eventually reimplemented.
They Just Didn't Care: Though Google is easily a pioneer of technology and the internet, their management of YouTube has been less than satisfactory, to say the least. The Google+ integration is probably the worst offender.
Not only that, but Google claims that it's our feedback that they base all of their major changes on (ala, each new channel update, each new homepage update, Google+, et al.), however, if that were really the case, they wouldn't have forced half of these updates on us, because roughly 99% of the feedback regarding these updates are negative and critical: it's very clear that Google only pays attention to the 1% positive feedback they receive. In fact, many's a user that ended up with their accounts being terminated, and their content removed for negative feedback.
YouTube's copyright structure just screams this as all someone has to do is falsely flag videos to claim monetization over them or knock the video offline in certain countries/everywhere. Those flagged have little recourse as laid out by the EFF here. There have been instances where entire channels have been deleted by false strikes and yet YouTube does little about its copyright enforcement system outside trying to avoid being sued by copyright holders.
It doesn't apply to just copyright strikes. Community Violations are just as bad, if not worse than Youtube's Copyright System. All they do is flag a video for violating the community guidelines, and the video gets removed with the user having no idea just why the video got removed. If they managed to get an answer beyond "it was removed", like having someone with a deep connection to Youtube get them to fess up, they'd probably find that their video got removed for something completely unrelated to the video in question. Want an example? A Pokemon video about Lavender Town and Myths got removed because it had "Spam". After that, Youtube can just stay quiet about why they removed the video, not caring if the user wants more info on what exactly they considered "Spam".