The Youtube video hosting service has come under attack from users over intransparent policies and random rejections.
In a blog posting titled "screw youtube", one user complained about video's disappearing from his account, even though they didn't violate the site's user policies.
Both the YouTube and Digg problems show that these services have trouble scaling and now face possible collapse under their own weight. They rely heavily on peer review, but fail to take into consideration that those peers can zealots or just plain wrong. The sites also fail to provide a way to challenge those faulty bans.
"YouTube isn’t the attractive video hoster it used to be. It became too corporate, too yadda yadda and far too bloathed with options, groups and whatever," the blogger concluded.
It seems that we've landed at a stage where the visionaries are separated from the posers who mask a technology as a solution. Things will get bloody, but that's what evolution is all about.
Time to bring out the protest signs
photo: Steve White
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