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So, as you might have noticed, there's been a lot of spam today, in basically the same way that there's been spam for the past two years. This whole "don't feed the trolls" thing is working out perfectly. Please tell me again how trolling has any benefit to anyone? Whoever is doing this has started to impersonate other people. I've said this before, and I still do believe this. If a troll doesn't get fed, what they do is start going to more and more extreme measures - they go further to get a reaction. Why wouldn't they? (This is nowhere near the worst trolling I've ever had to personally deal with, by the way. Debatably the longest, but not the worst.) Amazing how we've set up a system on the internet though where if you complain that someone is harassing you, then they've "won." If you block them and report their comments as spam, and they have a little bit of a giggle, they've also "won." If you don't block them, their spam comments stay and they get a delight that their comments stay longer and longer and to them you've given up trying to stop them and they've "won."

Goddamn, I really wish that DeviantArt had a mod system, or I dunno... a verification system before you're allowed to comment, like literally every other website ever. There are many, many websites that allow you to create throwaway emails. This is why most competent websites require you to click links within the emails you get from them to verify your account - so you can't do exactly this.

But, let's take this "don't feed the trolls" as far as it will go. New rule - do not mention or respond to a spammer. If they respond to you, also ignore them. Report them, and do not leave a comment referring to or about them.  Don't even say things like "ugh, not again" or "more spam." Please stop saying "I hope no one impersonates me." It's literally troll bait at this point. Do not comment about these spammers. Does this sound like an unreasonable request? I mean, it's kind of impossible to make sure that everyone listens to me, and I think that that would be the only way that this spammer would get bored enough to move on and leave. See, this is the problem with "don't feed the troll" at my level. Even if I don't feed them, someone else will. Don't feed the trolls only worked when trolls weren't what trolls are today - malicious assholes on the internet.

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In other stupid internet website news, YouTube is getting rid of annotations, something that they've had from the start? Why? Because they couldn't figure out how to get them to work on mobile. So... nonfunctional annotations doesn't really affect mobile users at all, but because this happens YouTube decides to make everything worse for people who use the website on an actual computer. Annotations have been integral to how many YouTubers and YouTube videos actually work. But YouTube decided to scrap them. This is like having some video games on a console not work... so you blow up the whole console. "Because we can't fix something, we're gonna break everything!"

The post in which they begin this states "We’re committed to helping you reach more fans and keep them engaged" and then it goes on to explain how they're nixing a feature that helps keep people more engaged. Annotations do more than just say "subscribe" towards the end, or link to the next/previous videos. They're used to post corrections for one. Some people use them as a sort of caption humor.

They claim that they're removing annotations because usage of it has decreased by a lot. Okay... this isn't an MMO - it doesn't really cost anything to have this feature that few people use. You know, just like it didn't cost anything to keep those response videos around. Then again, maybe annotations would have a bit more use if you got them working on mobile. "Oh, the engine is leaking oil." "I can't stop the engine from leaking oil." "If I get rid of the engine entirely, it won't be leaking oil anymore and the problem is solved in the best way possible." #YouTubeLogic

I'd say let's create a whole shit ton of backlash, but YouTube doesn't listen. They're never going to listen until another website comes along and actually gets them to.

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Speaking of which, and I know I've asked about this before - I'd like to start my own website. Does anyone around here know a web provider that 1. ALLOWS ME TO USE HTML CODING and 2. ALLOWS ME TO UPLOAD (NOT EMBED) MY OWN VIDEOS? None of the drag-and-drop shit. It was something that freewebs (webs) allowed you to do back in the day. Now even paid services make you use templates and don't let make your website what you want it to look like.
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EmperorPalpitoad Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
use dailymotion
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mbkbaddog Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
www.stablehost.com/

They give a good deal of $4.99 a month, I also know how to code html if you want.
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FiMFlamFilosophy Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
A friend linked me here. You don't want to host video on your own website. You can't afford the bandwidth if your viewership is substantial enough to justify your website. But if you want to try it anyway, the first thing you'll need is a dedicated server, which you can rent for around $170 per month or more.

"That's a lot of money compared to a shared server," I hear you say. Well yes. To host video on a website you need a ton of disk space and a ton of bandwidth. Most hosting platforms won't tolerate you directly hosting video on their shared servers because you'll choke out every other website on the server. You've probably noticed that even a lot of powerful companies use Youtube as a host for their videos; this is why. The affordable options will also usually throttle your bandwidth use per second to levels that won't be compatible with video streams.
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mattwo Featured By Owner Edited Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also, the YT spammers who imitate uploaders aren't trolls. They're straight up scammers.

Oh and, Trolls don't win if you block and ignore them, they just like to think they do. That or it's just mindgames.
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mattwo Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Okay... this isn't an MMO - it doesn't really cost anything to have this feature that few people use"

Implying MMOs are any different in this regard.

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You know, just like it didn't cost anything to keep those response videos around"

People abused it, just like they abused the system that let you have your viewers post annotations freely as long as they have a link. Remember when videos were spammed with millions of annotations? I sure as hell do. It's still kind stupid that they got rid of these features but they did have a somewhat decent reason for it.

BTW, I know Tumblr lets you use your own HTML coding but last I checked their video player was a POS...
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Ankoku-Neko2 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017
So tell me Mr Enter
do you agree that there might
be sociopathic tendencies behind
a said internet troll? i know a
video about sociopaths on Youtube
that might explain upon the subject.
if you are interested to know
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PunchieTheNeko Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Student Artist
I personally wouldn't go as far a calling them sociopaths. There's a pretty big margin between someone that psychologically unsound and a typical run-of-the-mills a-hole (the latter of which I think is more fitting of a description of a troll.)
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Ankoku-Neko2 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017
oh ok..so you are be saying that trolls
do(or might) have emotions and the ability to
empathize?have you know some that might
have?...im just curious.
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PunchieTheNeko Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Student Artist
Simply put: When you can hide behind an avatar that's not your face and a username that's not your own name, you're not so self-conscious about your actions, for good or for ill (either is possible, really.)
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Gemmygod Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Instead if getting rid of the annotations, YouTube could actually try and THINK of a way to make annotations available on mobile. I mean, the new end cards thing is pretty convenient but come on!
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tehstrelok Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017
I think you should address what PanPizza has said about you instead of ignoring it
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Strabius Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Student General Artist
That news about Youtube getting rid of annotations is upsetting to me, because a few of the Youtubers I'm subscribed to are Japanese and rely on annotations of the English translation of their words for anyone who doesn't speak Japanese, such as myself. Without those translations, it basically segregates a good chunk of those Youtubers' audiences.
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UniversityOfJorvik Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017
Okay, so the short term effect of this journal clearly wasn't beneficial. Let's hope the long term effect of stopping the trolls from "going to more and more extreme measures" makes up for it.
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