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How to use the YouTube tag (also, spoiler tags)

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Owen, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. Owen

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    Hey everyone!

    As you might have noticed, the YouTube tags don't quite work properly right now. If you try to post a video by including the full URL in the link, the forum software automatically turns your link into a hyperlink, so this:

    [YOUTUBE ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KaltD0Z6ww[/YOUTUBE ] (without the spaces)

    Gives you this:

    [YOUTUBE]Dancing Cows? - YouTube[/YOUTUBE]

    How to get it to work? You see that unique string of characters after the "watch?v=" part? What you gotta do is copy and paste that string and just that string between the YouTube tags. Then your videos will embed properly. So this:

    [YOUTUBE ]5KaltD0Z6ww[/YOUTUBE ] (again, without the spaces)

    Gives you this.

    [YOUTUBE]5KaltD0Z6ww[/YOUTUBE]
    Also, to address the confusion about what videos you can and can't post: 99% of the time, posting a YouTube video is a-ok. It just has to comply with the Code of Conduct, which means, among other thing, that you can't post links to any videos posted on your own YouTube account. When in doubt about a video, just ask one of us, or post a thread in Ask The Staff with the link, asking if it's okay. We'd much, much rather answer a question (even if you think it's a stupid one) than issue a ban. :slight_smile:

    While we're talking about tags, in case you didn't know about them before, let me tell you about spoiler tags!

    By writing this in your posts:

    [spoiler ]This is hidden from view until you hit the spoiler button.[/spoiler ] (without the spaces in the tags, of course)

    You get this:

    This is hidden from view until you hit the spoiler button.
    You can use this tag to hide spoilerific plot points in Entertainment and Media, or to put a large chunk of text or a huge picture in an easily minimizable block. There's no button in the post editor for the spoiler tag; you just have to remember that it's there. :slight_smile:

    Tell your friends!
     
  2. King

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    OH MY GOSH THANK YOU, I COULD NEVER FIGURE THESE BUGGERS OUT

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  3. Ridiculous

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    I always just unticked the "Automatically parse links in text" and "Automatically retrieve titles from external links" boxes below the submit button. Didn't know you could just insert the extension!
     
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    This is what I did too..
     
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    [YOUTUBE]GAG3hJ50_Vc[/YOUTUBE]

    Yaay! =D
    Success :grin:

    ---------- Post added 5th Jun 2012 at 12:23 AM ----------

    Got it xD
     
  6. BudderMC

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    Thanks for this post Owen, I'm sure some people could find it helpful :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

    ...and even though I already knew the stuff in the OP, I'm STILL learning something new! This thread is just full of good stuff.
     
  7. Ridiculous

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    The "Disable smilies" option is also useful when you don't want it to turn this
    Code:
    :o
    into this
    :astonished:. Which of course is not anything like what that smiley should be.
     
  8. Ethan

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    Nice sticky!
    It'll be easier for new members to jump on in with sharing and spoilers now. :grin:
     
  9. Thanks for posting this! I got this wrong, haha XD
     
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    I've been using the method thecat06 and Ridiculous mentioned for a long time, though I can see how the method of posting just the unique identifier between the YouTube tags works better, as it doesn't prevent other URLs in the post from being automatically parsed like the method of unchecking "Automatically parse links in text" does.

    TEST, w/o changing default options:

    [YOUTUBE]gfsgXJQ0ebU[/YOUTUBE]

    Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post
     
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    Thank you so much - in the space of 20 minutes since joining EC, people are advising me how to sort out my life, AND teach me how to use YouTube properly? This place is amazing!!!
     
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    :lol: I'm glad to hear it.
     
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    [YOUTUBE]JNEFwxpC1WA[/YOUTUBE]

    it works yay
     
  14. Messed Up

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    [YOUTUBE]gjsfNMcEb8M[/YOUTUBE]

    ---------- Post added 5th Nov 2012 at 03:59 PM ----------

    OMG IT WORKS LMAO! Thats so cool!
     
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    Yeah! Shake that utter!
     
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    IT WORKS!! FINALLY
     
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    [YOUTUBE]watch?v=tUx5fX6GCFw[/YOUTUBE]
     
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