The problem:
The links at the bottom of the Stack Exchange newsletter link to a YouTube video instead of the right place on the website. I´m not sure if this is an oversight or a clever hack.



  • Here is the offending link - youtube.com/watch?v=gkfVdrtLcRs and youtube.com/watch?v=wZZ7oFKsKzY
    – jjnguy
    Aug 8, 2011 at 15:12
  • Link to the newsletter page so you can see for yourself - stackexchange.com/newsletters
    – jjnguy
    Aug 8, 2011 at 15:18
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    I requested the devs to point the link to somewhere else but didn't realize they would choose Youtube. :-) meta.stackexchange.com/questions/100852/…
    – user162697
    Aug 8, 2011 at 15:22
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    mhh its funny that they changed the links to youtube. the first thing i thought after seeing it was: "wow did they get hacked?" linking back to the newsletter seems better
    – LDomagala
    Aug 8, 2011 at 15:37
  • I don't see any youtube links.
    – John
    Aug 8, 2011 at 16:22
  • @John: Are you looking for the YouTube links in the newsletter email that you receive?
    – user162697
    Aug 8, 2011 at 17:09
  • @Siva: No, I thought they were in the newsletter preview as per the title. Are they only in the email? (I haven't subscribed to any newsletters yet.)
    – John
    Aug 8, 2011 at 17:20
  • @John: No, those links are in the preview. I can still see the links to YouTube. The links are at the bottom of the newsletter.
    – user162697
    Aug 8, 2011 at 17:24
  • Ah! Found them! Thanks @Siva. Judging by the content of those videos, I think that was intentional. (How exactly would you "properly" implement an "Unsubsribe" button on an example?)
    – John
    Aug 8, 2011 at 18:13
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    @John: It used to redirect to itself. I suggested redirecting the links to SE newsletter home page. Now, I guess we are kind of Rick Rolled. ;-)
    – user162697
    Aug 8, 2011 at 18:36
  • @Siva: Gotta watch those tricky SE people! (BTW, this question is SO much clearer now that I'm looking at it from a computer that doesn't block imgur!)
    – John
    Aug 8, 2011 at 18:38

1 Answer 1


This is by design, since those links can't work in the preview.

So instead we made them link somewhere.. fun.

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    Since this is by design, can we vote on the videos that you link to? :) Aug 9, 2011 at 0:52
  • I was hoping this would be the answer.
    – jjnguy
    Aug 9, 2011 at 0:53

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