Youtube comment voting ‘feature’

Have you ever ‘thumbed up’ a comment on Youtube? Did you know if you re-visit that comment 6 hours later you will be able to thumb it up again – even if it’s your own comment? I was hesitant to discuss this because I knew Youtube was rolling out a new layout. Well, the new Youtube is here yet the bug is still present.Youtube voting up button

This isn’t something new. I’ve known about this for almost a year now, yet I didn’t realize how obscure this knowledge was until I tried googling it. You may ask, “What’s the point?” Well, some people are paid through Google’s Partner program which is connected to their Youtube Channel. Depending on the popularity of a video someone can drive their comment to the ‘top comments’ box on a video. Ultimately this would drive more users to their channel. If that user has an autoplaying video which they uploaded as their default channel media, then that means the view count gets a hit.

It might not seem worth it to you, but some people really obsess over their Youtube channels and it would not surprise me if this isn’t abused in many ways.

I hypothesize that Google does this for hardware reasons. Although Google has the largest server farms in the world, I’m willing to bet they save a lot of bandwidth and stress on their databases if their servers only had to remember a comment count without adding a name table to it. Side note: this ‘feature’ only works on comments – not video likes.