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I don't even know what 'subscribing to a YouTube channel' *is". Why would I do that? It's a web page. If I want to go to it again, I bookmark it. (Actually I just leave one of my 5000 tabs open and then I search in my browser, but I totally could bookmark it if I still remembered how to raise the menu bar now that it's always hidden). What does subscribing get me? An email? In my email app? To tell me that a web page has refreshed? Do any of you people realise just how silly that sounds?
Well, you still get videos from channels you don't subscribe to on that page if you watch their content and interact with it.
So probably subscribing makes the videos more likely to show up.
Probably, there's no way of knowing for sure. The Algorithm is as mysterious as it is inscrutable...
@Hyolobrika @natecull No, you are mixing up the youtube front page and the subscriptions page. If you click subscriptions it gives you every video you have clicked subscriptions on, in order from most recent to some point in the past.
The front page servers you algorithmic stuff that usually doesn't work and usually thinks I need to rewatch the same video I watched yesterday again. It will still show you videos from places you unsubbed.
A *lot* of people don't seem to know about the subscriptions page for some reason? That is why there was suddenly such an interest in getting you to push the bell icon. There was this myth that if you didn't youtube wouldn't show you every video you subscribed to, and people complaining youtube wasn't showing them stuff they subscribed to, but it turns out they weren't going to the clearly labelled subscription button?
<< A *lot* of people don't seem to know about the subscriptions page for some reason. That is why there was suddenly such an interest in getting you to push the bell icon. >>
Ah! That would explain it.
And yes, I'm one of those people. I've never visited YouTube's "subscriptions" page - because why would I? On every other site on the Web, a "subscription" means either 1. Pay us money (no?) or 2. Let us spam you with emails (also no). It's a thing you learn to avoid.
I guess it must be a learned interaction pattern from the RSS and Podcast era that migrated to YouTube when podcasts became channels. For some reason I never did podcasts (maybe because not having public transport commutes?) and the few times I tried RSS to read blogs I hated it. So the idea of 'subscribing to a feed' became alien to me (except on Twitter and Fediverse).
Follow, subscribe, join, friend, etc. Every website wanted their own language for the thing, so we never really got a good way of doing it.
Subscribe makes sense to me, as its like subscribing to a magazine, you do the thing and you see every issue. I got into it with news websites and webcomics, which makes them about 100x easier to follow.
I remember reading webcomics before RSS. Bookmark the one you read last, then every few weeks check all 100 you've bookmarked, one by one, eventually deleting the ones that don't update, gradualling getting 10 old bookmarks to that webcomic in your Flipside folder or whatever you need to delete....
You know, this has suddenly answered my bafflement about why websites all started sprouting "give us your email to subscribe" links in recent years.
Are blog-type sites just trying to replicate the old RSS subscription usage pattern, but people don't use RSS anymore, so they have to do it by email now?
@natecull @Hyolobrika yeah, I subscribe to 346 channels. Many of which haven't updated in literal years (but could start updating again, you know?) Or that only put out one video a month, or every few months, etc.
See, I associate subscription with RSS, and watch people get confused when they have to pay to subscribe on twitch (what they want to do is follow).
I agree an RSS feed is better, but am not going to check 346 pages on a regular basis, and you've got stuff like Clickspring (last video 4 months ago, 11 months before that), Steve1989MREInfo (Will put out two videos in a month, then go three without anything), etc
@natecull @Canageek @Hyolobrika The terminology is confusing, but the difference between Subscriptions and Home is whether you're choosing the content vs the algorithm. I'll go to considerable lengths (eg. disabling history, using ad block rules to hide related videos) to stop the algorithm directing my viewing, because it's a brain-poisoning machine.
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