YouTube comments system gets update to make moderation easier

YouTube has updated their comments system to allow users to read and moderate comments all in the same place, gone are the days of switching between screens when you find an unwanted comment.

The change comes after an update in November 2013 that changed the way users commented on clips, the move proved unpopular with users at the time. The changes took away the ability to allow users to moderate comments directly from their own YouTube inbox.

Google said, "Many of you have told us that you use your YouTube Inbox to manage comments,". So as a result they pushed through the development of the new system to give the users a better overall experience and make managing and organising comments a lot easier.

YouTube had justified its changes last year by saying that the move would give users more tools to manage comments posted on the clips. This resulted in some users posting war themed drawings on YouTube's blog in protest. A Petition was also raised on change.org which has now received more than 200,000 signatures.

The latest change however is also receiving a mixed reaction from YouTube's user-base. Andrew Maxwell said the move was "going to make YouTube a better platform for commenting and interacting[..] Like your email inbox". However, users still called for more changes to be made to make the experience better.

The main issue that was raised by users is that they were no longer able to respond to posts directly, another tab or a new window had to be opened to do this.

Another user Carlos Macias Jimenez said that having the ability to be able to reply to comments directly would make it "so much easier and streamlined", he continued to say if this change was made "I would answer way more comments this way," 

Source: BBC | Image courtesy of YouTube

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18 Comments

I won't repost the college humor video mocking g+'s war on users but until they don't fix that, people simply won't be satisfied. G+ is like the zune. no matter how much they try, people don't want it.

CSheep said,
Nothing worse than Youtube comments.

Do you know what is worst than the comments in Youtube?, then Youtube's comment system.

Liana said,
Just about anything popular on YouTube.

Doesn't even have to be popular. You could post a video about dishwasher detergent and people will get into political arguments in the comments.

they need to stop playing with youtube layout no one cares, what they go for is the content. Unless you can make the pages and video load faster don't bother making any other changes

Time tested strategy. Give it away, make it popular, then impose restrictions and control. If it works, they win.

Apart from having to use G+ to post comments on YouTube, I don't see what the big deal is.

I've been using YT for years and only since they updated the comments feature I'm actually getting notifications every time someone replies to or likes my comment. It always used to be a bugged-out bother back when it was all shoved into my inbox.

Now I can see those notifications without leaving the page I'm on; makes for a much faster and easier interaction.

Yes, it is annoying that it's all tied to G+, they really didn't need that, but oh well, I always opt out of sharing comments on G+ anyway (my profile is completely empty).

I still haven't gone through the whole Google+ linking BS; so I've been unable to comment or rate things since the change. Really sucks not being able to give people information.

Google has been losing their way (and people's respect) more and more as time goes on. I mean hell, I'm still trying to get my adsense account reinstated after it was terminated from my site getting clickbombed; but Google couldn't give any less of a **** about some single individual.

Did you know, if you disable the connection of your YouTube account Google+, Google doesn't show you comments already posted to a video. You have to go in to incognito more to read them.

How stupid!

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