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I stopped caring about YouTube long ago because so much of the content is mindless crap. And I don't think many people were using the older version of YouTube anyways. Really the most annoying part is that YouTube is removing support for all non-Chromium browsers that aren't Firefox. Even the fairly capable IE11 has a "This browser isn't supported" error page.
Well now... the old look has went away for real and worse, YouTube Classic doesn't seem to work (and yes, I did check the "Enable" box). Probably, the add-on is rather broken at the moment as I had seen it was updated today. I'll wait for a fix and if not, I'm out.
EDIT: Turns out the add-on is only partly working, as I see "disable_polymer" at the end of some channel URLs but not video URLs.
This user agent usually works for me:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:42.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/42.0 Basilisk/52.9.0
about the content on youtube, I'm surprised that google hasn't tried to purge all non-corporate/non-vlog-type content.
Yup, as of today the new youtube is up. Jeez, blinding white or inconsistent "dark mode."
And of course with it, buffering has increased thanks to the continous running scripts constantly pinging eating up my poor quality network connection.
And despite being so seemingly "simple" with a extremely basic-looking page...
Now hold up:
My my my...
YouTube actually dropped the "unsupported browser" prompt that would appear before the front page. But long descriptions are still unviewable.
There are still extensions that can make YouTube more usable.
But what is there to watch on YouTube other than mindless crap these days?
I do not think Google is behind it, as it is more likely that so many kids have flooded YouTube for quite a while that the content just became like that. Why would also explain why almost every comment I post gets the through and thoughtful reply of 'ok boomer'.
Some videos that were there over 10 years ago and are suited to be re-watched. In fact, the official channel of one of my favourite comedies recently published some deleted scenes as well as special features from its DVDs (which I am too cheap to buy).
plus demonstrative videos like this:
but yes, video-based tutorials and vloggy-type videos are indeed a no-no for me. And I would like to see the pendulum swing away from google, as they are out-monopolizing 1990s Microsoft right now. We need a viable competitor that will survive any smear attacks conducted by the media.
that's all I'm saying for now.
YouTube Classic just got a critical update in response to this and as a result, I'm greeted with the old look again. However, there's now three ways to make the add-on work by a user agent, cookie or URL rewrite (probably the appending of "disable polymer").
Even before this happened, I did grow used to the new look for a bit, and it did look better under Dark Mode. Also, I can respond to comments under the notification dropdown menu without having to jump straight to the video's comments to do so.
@win32 eh? I still see it on my end with the YouTube Classic add-on.