YMMV / YouTube


  • Acceptable Targets:
  • Author's Saving Throw: In 2015, YouTube dropped the deeply unpopular policy of requiring a Google+ account to comment.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Most, if not, ALL YouTube video ads that are in the start, middle, end (or worse, 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 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.
  • Broken Base: 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.
  • Complaining about People Not Liking the Show: The Memetic Mutation of "{Insert number of dislikes a video has here} People Missed the Like Button."
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • 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.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Among the seemingly unending pile of comments, many witty remarks can cause this to occur, nowadays usually located in the "Top Comments" section.
  • Discredited Meme:
    • 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.
  • Fan Hater:
    • 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 upvoted.
  • Flame War: You can locate them on almost every video. Some span over weeks, months, or even years if someone replies to an age-old comment.
  • G.I.F.T.: The YouTube comments section can be filled with this. Quite a few YouTube videos often lampshade and parody this.
  • Glurge: Many animal videos.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • 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 Google+ 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 Day One: Garry's Incident and The Nostalgia Critic launching a "Where's the Fair Use" movement directly calling out YouTube for exactly this.
      • This one reached a fever pitch when Team Four Star 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.
  • Memetic Mutation: So many memes have originated from this site that it 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.
  • Misplaced Nationalism: Among a vast number of other things.
  • 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: This is one of the most often used YMMV tropes on YouTube. 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.
    • 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 Fan Hater mode. A good example would be a comment in the Greek version of 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.
  • 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.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: Most discussions about YouTube in The New '10s have revolved around their tricky relationships with content creators and advertisers, which has led to a large number of scrappy mechanics covered on the site's own segment on that trope's page.
  • Pandering to the Base: Utube Classic in a nutshell.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: There's a whole bunch of them. So much, that it warrants its own page.
  • So Bad, It's Good:
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Hoo, boy... where do we begin...
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: 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 Happy Tree Friends to tell the story, despite them not really having a channel on Youtubenote . 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 PewDiePie, to be the ones to walk people through the process.
  • Win Back the Crowd: YouTube Rewind 2012.

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