YouTube's Comment Section Makes Progress

YouTube is a pillar of the internet, one of the most exciting things to come out of what is now perhaps the single greatest technological innovation in human history. It has made it exponentially easier for content creators to find an audience, and perhaps its most understated success is in how it made it so much more easier for internet users to disseminate video based information. However, for all of its advancements YouTube is still not entirely perfect, much like many other internet monoliths that hold similar levels of influence.

One of the YouTube’s most notorious features is the comment section. Not only is it a hotbed for all manner of oddballs and creeps from the seedy underbelly of the internet, it is also widely derided for being ineffective and for its wide learning curve. A major complaint that people have about the comments section in particular is that it has unnecessary features, such as the automatic adding of the username of someone that posted a comment when you reply to that comment. The username is redundant since the reply will remain in the same thread even if you delete it, and since there is a character limit for comments on YouTube this unnecessary username can limit what you can say for no reason. This redundant username is particularly irksome when you realize that you can’t use it to tag people.

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YouTube starts to implement user tagging, finally fixes replies with autofilled names

Thankfully, YouTube has made some small progress in fixing this issue. After the latest update to the app, replying to a comment results in the author of the comment’s username appearing as block text that can be removed in a couple backspaces as opposed to several. While this still doesn’t allow you to tag people outside replies, it is at least one step in the right direction.
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