My "home" Stack is Science Fiction & Fantasy, where YouTube-embedding is on, which means that a bare YouTube URL on a line by itself is automatically turned into an embedded player. Because of that, I often mistakenly expect it on other Stacks as well, so that I end up posting bare YouTube URLs. Because of this, I'm interested in a list of all Stacks that have this feature turned on.

According to Jeff Atwood, the sites that have YouTube-embedding turned on, are

  • Arqade
  • Music (but not Music Fans)
  • SF & Fantasy
  • Movies & TV

Are there any other Stacks that have it turned on?

Is there a way to find out automatically? For instance, similar to the script to find out which sites have TeX turned on.

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    Anime.se request is still pending – Ankit Sharma Jun 22 '17 at 13:44
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    It is not in the sites type in the API, nor is it visible or detectable in the page source of a site so that basically rules out doing it automatically. Why do you need this info? – rene Jun 22 '17 at 14:08
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    Pretty sure those four are the only sites supporting YouTube embedding, the team ignored all requests to switch this on other sites, so guess it's final. Jeff might have other plans, but he's long retired from SE so what he said/planned is not relevant. :/ – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask V2 Jun 22 '17 at 14:38
  • I have given up but if you fancy running this for all databases (dbid's> 5 and < 342) you should in the end have a list of sites that once had YT embedding on. – rene Jun 22 '17 at 16:34

I've put together an incomplete list of sites based on manual testing and site-specific research. (Essentially, searching posts from every site and running tests when necessary)

The majority of the hyperlinks below point to relevant meta discussions about whether YouTube embedding should or should not be allowed on the respective site.

Sites which do support YouTube embedding

Sites which have requested YouTube embedding

Sites which do not support YouTube embedding


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    I wonder if Jeff's answer should be updated with the first block of information... I, for one, often refer to it as a primary source and if it's out of date, it should be corrected. – Catija ModStaff Jul 27 '17 at 3:57
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    It's still twice as many sites as Jeff's listed... there's no need to be perfectly correct... it's already more correct. – Catija ModStaff Jul 27 '17 at 4:24
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    @Catija I've added a comment to his answer linking to the more complete list. – Stevoisiak Jul 31 '17 at 15:32
  • It should just be enabled on all sites. – endolith Nov 22 '17 at 14:37
  • @endolith I’m not sure what use a site like Stack Overflow would have for video embedding. – Stevoisiak Nov 22 '17 at 14:38
  • @StevenVascellaro Linking to a Youtube video that helps answer a programming question – endolith Nov 22 '17 at 14:43
  • @endolith You can still link to a YouTube video, it just isn’t embedded in the post – Stevoisiak Nov 22 '17 at 15:01
  • @StevenVascellaro Why shouldn't it be? Here's an example of where I wanted to embed two videos: politics.stackexchange.com/a/14850/10373 – endolith Nov 22 '17 at 15:29
  • @endolith You could put in a feature request on Meta Politics if you would like to see YT embedding enabled – Stevoisiak Nov 22 '17 at 15:49
  • @StevenVascellaro It should be enabled on all sites, as I said above – endolith Nov 22 '17 at 15:58
  • As far as I can tell, it doesn't work on skeptics.SE either (at least, it didn't appear to embed the video in the preview of my edit). – V2Blast Aug 10 '18 at 22:09
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    @V2Blast YouTube videos don’t embed in the preview window. It only appears after posting – Stevoisiak Aug 10 '18 at 22:12
  • @StevenVascellaro: Thanks for the heads-up! Tried submitting the edit, but it still just appears as a URL rather than an embedded video, so I suppose now I've confirmed that it doesn't work on skeptics.SE. – V2Blast Aug 10 '18 at 22:14
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    @endolith "It should just be enabled on all sites." Not really, Stack Overflow didn't like it. – mindstormsboi Nov 25 '20 at 11:10
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    @mindstormsboi That doesn't mean it should be disabled – endolith Nov 25 '20 at 15:21

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