been sub to a channel since 2006 (that has been inactive since 2009) just to remember where i came from.I really miss the original newgrounds-esque animations and vidya parody videos. The storytime animation shit in comparison is so fucking gay.
I also miss edgy and political content. Not even being able to swear without getting demonetized is just sad. Not sure if it still is the case, but for a while you literally couldn't even say the word "coronavirus" in your video without getting demonetized, which is fucking ridiculous for something so global and that affects literally everyone, politics be damned.
I would describe most big-time creators as corporate and soulless nowadays. You can tell many of them put on a facade because they have to keep the income going. Not that I blame them, I understand that's what they need to do to keep their livelihoods. I'm more disappointed in youtube's garbage policies on freedom of expression than any individual creators. The corporatization of it all has just completely destroyed people's creativity and individuality.
There are still some good creators out there, but they do it solely as a passion product and generally fall off due to burnout and not being rewarded properly for their effort. More than half the channels I'm subscribed to are inactive or deleted now. That's just the state of modern youtube.
I use an extension called sponsor block. It does a fine job skipping the sponsor shit, and even the merch plugs in a video.I miss being able to watch videos without sponsors (Nord VPN, Raid, etc.), making me have to skip ahead to avoid the shilling. I also miss videos that didn't have everyone and their dog begging for Paymeton bux.
YAH-AH-AH! IT'S ADVERTISER TIME!There was a time not too long ago when the site was directed towards serving the community it fostered rather than corporate interests. You can say farewell to that forever now.
I'm sorry did you mean star ratings? I want to say the bar came around 2010 or so. Before then you rated videos 1 to 5 stars. In practice, most videos got a 5 or a 1. Maybe a 4.The green and red like/dislike bar. I know this is one of the least shittiest things about modern youtube, but I really hate how everything's all greyed out. It just looks ugly.
Also the freedom to say the n word
This.The fabled “weird side of Youtube”, that always intrigued me.