There are quite a few answers out there which are linking against YouTube-Videos for solutions.

I see several problems with it:

  • Might not be work-safe, due to sound and/or corporate filters.
  • Might be unsafe, because sometimes the Overlays of the videos are containing 'questionable' content at best (Make over $ 5.000 in one month!).
  • It's harder to determine with a few glances if it is a fitting solution.

My question is now, is it a good thing to link against videos?

Edit: I quickly wrote this OData-Query which will fetch every answer with a youtube-link and sort it by score. This does return quite a few more answers than I believed I was talking about.

Edit2: As pointed out by Jeff (and as I later realized) the interesting posts are the short ones, not that by score.

Related: Provide a way to embed videos in answers

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    You've seen "quite a few" such answers? I haven't seen any. No, I don't think this is a good idea at all. Links? Commented May 3, 2011 at 10:12
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    Do you mean specifically for Stack Overflow, or for the Stack Exchange Network in general? On Gaming, we make heavy use of them and even got this request approved as a result, so I'm a bit opposed to going against them network-wide. But for Stack Overflow only? I can't even figure why you'd link a video in the first place, haha~
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented May 3, 2011 at 10:21
  • @Grace Note, @Cody Gray: I was mainly speaking about the trilogy, especially SU, but I think I've also seen some on SO. I can't say anything about SF because I'm not often over there. Commented May 3, 2011 at 10:35
  • @Grace: Well if the question is "How do I concisely implement Conway's Game of Life in APL" there really is no better answer than this.
    – sepp2k
    Commented May 3, 2011 at 10:38
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    @Grace Note, @Cody Gray: Please see my edit, I wrote an OData-Query which is fetching all answers with links against YouTube Videos...it's returning ~2,000 answers...way more than I believed I was talking about. :/ Commented May 3, 2011 at 10:56
  • @Grace Note: And yes, I agree that this is actually useful for Gaming (and maybe other sites, too). But it itches a little to see them on SO/SU/SF. Commented May 3, 2011 at 11:01

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If you are referring to answers that just contain a link to a YouTube video, then I think they should be considered as any other answer that just contains a link. Answers that just contain a link are normally not considered answers. They could be answers if the OP is specifically asking for a link (to documentation, to a language module, etc). In that case, the question is probably going to be closed as not constructive.

If the answer explains what to do, and uses the video as reference, I think the link is fine.
I cannot think of answers on Stack Overflow that need a video, but I imagine in some cases they could be useful. I am not sure of the reason to choose link to a video instead of a link to a blog page, though; I would rather a link to a blog page containing a link to a video would be more appropriate, but that could not be true, depending on the question being asked.

In any case, I think it would be a courtesy to report that the link is a YouTube link, to allow users who are not in the right place to see it to follow the link when they can.


Your query is kind of useless, IMO, because what you want is the shortest posts that link to YouTube.

In the context of a larger post, a YouTube link could be perfectly relevant.


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    And then I suspect a mod can go through deleting most of those answers... The chances that a single link to a YouTube video is actually a good answer seem relatively slim. Commented May 3, 2011 at 11:08
  • Yes, I agree...I realized that after I thought about my edit. Commented May 3, 2011 at 11:28

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