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I'd really like to suggest the changes to the way YouTube videos are handled gets reversed.

I understand that there was no way to post links to YouTube videos before but on my forum nobody has ever wanted to do that, they all just want to embed a video as simply as possible.

Trying to explain the reasoning behind this change when it goes against the way its always worked, when nobody wants it, and when the result vary from browser to browser is difficult to say the least.

Reverting back to the old method would i'm sure suit by far the majority of forum members.

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half want it one way, half want it the other way.

and no matter what (as far as I know) if user clicks the share button under the video and copies that link it always works.

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This is what I mean


Ah. I see. So something did change. I've yet to upgrade to 3.4.5, but bfarber included a file edit to restore the old functionality at least.

If this could be implemented as a hook it would be even better. I can understand why it is the way it, but my personal opinion is also if people don't want links to automatically parse as YouTube embeds they should disable the setting to auto-parse media links. (Or perhaps this setting should be disabled by default instead).

Regardless, see the file edit here. (Thanks for including that also bfarber)

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Ah. I see. So something did change. I've yet to upgrade to 3.4.5, but bfarber included a file edit to restore the old functionality at least.

If this could be implemented as a hook it would be even better. I can understand why it is the way it, but my personal opinion is also if people don't want links to automatically parse as YouTube embeds they should disable the setting to auto-parse media links. (Or perhaps this setting should be disabled by default instead).

Regardless, see the file edit here. (Thanks for including that also bfarber)

The problem is, the USER has no control over that setting, but the user is the one that would be attempting to link to the video.

This will not be an issue in 4.0 with the way the editor has been redesigned.

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so can we currently embed video into our forums? I just installed my forums, and I am really having some troubles getting things to work, changing things like icons for the each of the forums, as well as embeding youtube videos...

I have used the media bbcode but still can't get any videos to embed or even show up, other than a link. Links are not what I want. Ami I missing something easy?

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Thanks for the links to the changes to revert this.

The change was bad IMHO - I can understand the inability to easily post the link, but then when somebody posts a YouTube link for example, I want it showing on my forum and not taking the user elsewhere. Once the user goes away then they are less likely to respond to the thread.

I hope in 4 that these things will still auto embed.

Sadly I find very few people know how to use any of the buttons on the posting box and certainly would not understand the media box (even if they found it) - all they want to do is to post a YouTube video as they have been doing for a long time. Users are simple things! They type and can copy and paste. Beyond that, they get confused LOL - unlinking a youtube link would be impossible as they would not have a clue how to do it.

I think as admins we forget that users want life as simple as possible.

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