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Arqade and Scifi both allow embedding YouTube videos by posting the URL on its own line. I think there is use here for this as well, as long as the moderators and high rep users police the content and make sure it's relevant (which is no different from embedded images). Given that anime is a video medium, it seems rather relevant for us.

I recently asked a question, Is there any explanation for "Tequila" in the Kuragehime eyecatch?, which I linked to a 6-second YouTube video. It would be much better if the video were embedded so that people wouldn't have to open a new page just to watch the video.

There was support for this on the Area51 page, but it never happened. Can we get this turned on?

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  • This could be abused horribly. If this were to happen, we need to make clear guidelines where embedding a video is OK. – Madara's Ghost Feb 20 '13 at 22:32
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    @MadaraUchiha It seems to work fine on the other sites which have it. I don't think the guidelines need to be any different from our guidelines for embedding images. If people are embedding entire episodes to answer questions, that isn't okay, in the same way that embedding entire manga chapters isn't okay even if the answer is contained therein. – Logan M Feb 20 '13 at 22:34
  • Is there a reputation restriction? – Killua Feb 20 '13 at 23:03
  • @Eric I could not find any discussion of required reputation to embed videos. I'd assume it's at least the same as images (registered with at least 10 rep) but I could be mistaken. – Logan M Feb 20 '13 at 23:15
  • This may also cause issues with copyrighted material, right? – SingerOfTheFall Feb 21 '13 at 5:36
  • @Singer we agreed that we "don't care" about copyright problems unless someone complains. Also, it's YouTube's problem, not ours. – Madara's Ghost Feb 21 '13 at 5:58
  • @Madara, we agreed that we "don't care" about copyright problems unless - I probably missed that. Could you please share a link? – SingerOfTheFall Feb 21 '13 at 10:07
  • @SingerOfTheFall: meta.anime.stackexchange.com/a/406/122 :) – looper Feb 21 '13 at 11:40
  • @SingerOfTheFall: also: chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/6697/conversation/… – looper Feb 21 '13 at 11:43
  • Even keeping aside the we don't care about copyright part, I don't think its a copyright problem, because youtube videos get embedded all over the internet. I don't know how the embedding works on those other SE sites, but as long as the embedded video links back to the Youtube page, it shouldn't cause any problem. – Masked Man Feb 21 '13 at 13:05
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    @LoganM There is one significant difference in policing. You don't need to do anything special to see the embedded image, but to decide if a video is appropriate, you would have to buffer it, etc. and watch it for maybe 3 to 5 minutes. However, I do think this would be useful. So I would suggest that the video shouldn't be longer than (say) 60 seconds. – Masked Man Feb 21 '13 at 13:11
  • ^ That's just a guideline. If a longer video is required to make the Q or A clear, then the poster has to state so clearly with the reason. Also, if only a specific portion of the video is relevant, state that too (Example: See 1:35 to 2:30, in this video). With that, the above 60 second rule could refer to only the "effective" video length. – Masked Man Feb 21 '13 at 13:13
  • @looper, thanks ;) – SingerOfTheFall Feb 21 '13 at 14:03
  • @Deidara-senpai I think any use of video in general needs some explanation. Not just "This video answers your question," but more to the effect of "Here's the clip from episode 638 where the narrator says that Ash is 10 years old." There may be cases where a longer video is needed, but as long as there's an explanation for what the video is supposed to show, it's easy to decide whether or not it's relevant within a few seconds in most cases. I think we'll always have enough active users that someone will notice if a video isn't relevant and flag it. – Logan M Feb 21 '13 at 15:12
  • @Deidara-senpai The only exception I can find to that is if someone embeds something in Japanese without subtitles and with no translation provided. I think we'd frown on that in the same way that we'd frown on an answer in Japanese without any translation. – Logan M Feb 21 '13 at 15:13

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