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 Jun 22, 2017 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, 2017 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. :/ Jun 22, 2017 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, 2017 at 16:34

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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 I, for one, often refer to it as a primary source and if it's out of date, it should be corrected.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
    Jul 27, 2017 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
    Jul 27, 2017 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, 2017 at 15:32
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    It should just be enabled on all sites.
    – endolith
    Nov 22, 2017 at 14:37
  • @endolith I’m not sure what use a site like Stack Overflow would have for video embedding.
    – Stevoisiak
    Nov 22, 2017 at 14:38
  • @StevenVascellaro Linking to a Youtube video that helps answer a programming question
    – endolith
    Nov 22, 2017 at 14:43
  • @endolith You can still link to a YouTube video, it just isn’t embedded in the post
    – Stevoisiak
    Nov 22, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 at 15:49
  • @StevenVascellaro It should be enabled on all sites, as I said above
    – endolith
    Nov 22, 2017 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, 2018 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, 2018 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, 2018 at 22:14
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    @endolith "It should just be enabled on all sites." Not really, Stack Overflow didn't like it. Nov 25, 2020 at 11:10
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    @mindstormsboi That doesn't mean it should be disabled
    – endolith
    Nov 25, 2020 at 15:21

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