Currently I have 25 videos on YouTube. They’re just clips of my Uncle Les (Sir Les Patterson to you), a few rare clips of Spinal Tap and a couple of others. I had my account options set so that whenever anyone commented on one of my videos I would get an e-mail. The e-mail text would just say that so-and-so has commented on my video. This was fine for a while. People would post questions about the clip, witty comments or just a quick note to say thanks for uploading it. I did delete some stupid comments but have pretty much left them as they are.
The majority of video clips that I’ve posted have taken quite a bit of effort to put on YouTube. I’ve copied the show from my HDD recorder onto a DVD+RW disk. From the disk ripped and converted it to an mpeg file then edited it using either QuickTime or iMovie HD then exported to a file suitable for uploading to YouTube.
Probably just over a month ago I started to get spam comments. I don’t want to have some idiot posting spam comments on my videos so I was just blocking the user then deleting them. This became a little annoying so I changed the settings on all 25 videos so that the comment could only be allowed after I’d approved them. Of course this didn’t stop the spammers. Whenever I found a spam comment I blocked the user and removed the offending comment. At the time of writing I have 33 blocked users. This figure won’t increase anymore because today I switched off comments on all 25 videos.
So what can YouTube do to fight the spammers? Firstly the ‘Spam’ link doesn’t seem to do anything but hide the comment from view. I read through the Help Centre and didn’t find out what it actually does. What it should do is count how many comments have been flagged as spam for a user and ban them if they reach a certain number. Or they need to implement an immediate ban if a user has been blocked more than say 5 times. I’ve always clicked on their user name link to find out more about them. Usually I see a list of people who have had their videos spammed commenting back.
Personally I can’t see why people bother commenting at all. I’ve watched some really great clips on YouTube but have never felt compelled to type ‘lol’ or ‘lmfao’ in the comment box.