Something I really disliked was youtube videos that moderate comments actively to warp what it seems people are saying. I was really hoping this would be addressing that but sadly it doesn't seem to be.
For example if you go on a free energy video or a water powered car video you'll notice that normally none of the comments explain why it fake. This is normally because the author is removing the comments that say this (or simply having all comment have to be approved first).
This means that as people read through the comments they get a really warped sense of what people are commenting where they think all 1 million people who viewed the video thought that the video was legit. There's no way to tell if a video's comments are being deleted or have to be approved. Sometimes I might right a long comments just to see "waiting for approval" when I post it. At that point I know the comment will never be viewed by anyone...
Yes they can, but on those videos, you have to be aware of what you're commenting on.
Those free energy, perpetual motion, water powered car etc... etc... videos aren't scientific. They're religious in nature and when you challenge their beliefs, they will respond in kind as if you've questioned a miracle.
But really, I don't think it's a good idea to stop uploaders from pruning their own video comments. That could have other repercussions so, let them censor logic all they want.
The solution to these videos popping up is to make videos of your own explaining in detail why they can't work. Call them "The truth behind free energy" or the like. Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson are already famous and they will have an audience. If you cultivate your own, you can properly make a stance.
Stupid people will post stupid things. It's up to those who want valuable comments to weed through them.
I wasn't talking about stupid people posting stupid things (although that is a distinct problem). This is about trolls posting provocative things specifically to provoke drama and outrage. What is entertainment value for trolls is noise to everyone else.
There's still plenty of asinine comments in the Android Marketplace after Google forced G+ for ratings/reviews there. Only thing it has done is make it easier to track down bad reviewers if you're a developer to get more feedback for the negative reviews that look like they might be helpful.
I hope this works. As silly as it sounds YouTube comments used to really frustrate me. It was like reading through some of the worst and most stupid content humanity could come up with under every video. I eventually sought out a Chrome extension to block them. YouTube comments could generate great discussion if they're ranked/sorted etc. properly.