If are to include a link to a YouTube video in your comment, please be aware that it might take me an extended time period for me to get around to publishing said comment (if ever at all). I need to check the content of the video, and sometimes (like when teaching is underway, etc.), time is at a premium. Videos from an established media outfit (Reuters, Bloomberg, NY Times, WSJ, CNN, etc.) are not subject to this proviso.
Mr. Steven Kopits asks why I moderate comments as I do (for comments on my blogposts; my decisions do not bind how James Hamilton moderates comments on his blogposts).
I am a bit perplexed by this policy. To the best of my knowledge, YouTube videos can be linked anywhere. Now, YouTube has fairly strict, if arbitrary, policies regarding violence, sex, etc., a headache to those Tubers investing huge efforts in bringing us near real time information from the war in Ukraine. But that is no impediment to Econbrowser. What’s the issue?
The reason is I am not ready to delegate screening to YouTube. I was but am no longer willing to delegate screening to Twitter (nor have I been willing to delegate to Facebook in the past, although thankfully people don’t typically link there). While there is a wealth of information available on YouTube, it’s my feeling that much can be obtained on a mainstream media outlet like Reuters or CNN.
In addition, some commenters ask why it takes some time to approve other comments, perhaps even longer than others. Sometimes, I find the comment possibly offensive. Sometimes I want to verify the assertion made by the commenter. Sometimes, the comment is actually “spam” which starts off with a remark that at first glance appears to refer to a substantive issue, but then leads into an attempt to sell something. (I do allow people to self-promote, e.g. “I have a new grand unified theory of life, the universe, and everything else, that no one else has ever thought of, and is deserving of a Nobel Prize…)
I am of the hope that readers will understand that neither I nor James Hamilton receive compensation for contributing to this weblog (tell me if you see one of those irritating popup ads on this site). As a consequence, each minute spent responding to these complaints about moderation policy is a minute spent taken away from other tasks (or sleep).
So, please, for my sake, stop linking to YouTube videos (even if I might eventually get to approving said comment). And for now, you might want to forego linking to tweets.