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Naiadryade : I want my sub feed in chronological order, including everything I'm subbed to, but I also want to be able to group it into folders that I create and organize. That would be good, person-done personalization. There are third-party apps that do this, it can't be that hard for YT to implement in an optional way, right?!

WheezyWaiter : Subscriptions are a much bigger piece (the biggest piece) of my views. And my views noticeably change every time they change how to find subscriptions or how they work. This is probably a result of constantly making content that's just basically a direct conversation with my audience and not making it easy for any newcomer to know what's going on, and making completely weird and irrelevant content that will never find it's way to the trending page. Regardless, I LIKE MAKING content that's just basically a direct conversation with my audience and not making it easy for any newcomer to know what's going on, and making completely weird and irrelevant content that will never find it's way to the trending page, damnit!

Matt Roszak : The biggest problem with YouTube's changes is a complete lack of communication on their part. They sneak in features and changes without any notice, leaving everyone confused and trying to figure out what's happening - often this also shuffles which channels are popular and which one's aren't. This leads to incredibly poor job security for anyone trying to make YouTube videos for a living, and it's also a nuisance to the casual user who has to adjust to new features that no one asked for.

Lindybeige : It is rare that I agree with someone as whole-heartedly as with this video. Seriously, YouTube, stop trying to turn into Skynet.

NintendoCapriSun : *sees self in subscription feed* Mind BLOWN! Can't imagine what I did to deserve that. And how the heck have I not been subbed to you all this time? Someone on Twitter alerted me to this and just... wow.

Lawrence Calablaster : I think this might have been the very first channel to which I subscribed.

Today I Found Out : Great video Hank! :-)

Chloe Rose Art : Very well said Hank! A majority of my views definitely come outside of my subscribers from non subscribers on recommended instead, but I just wish this “experiment” would fix issues that already exist - not ones that don’t! I think it’s definitely a great idea having a “what you missed” section, but overall you’re right, people should have control in their hands.

welcometoloserville : hank for youtube president

pixlark : I don't like the assumption that just because I'm subscribed to someone whose videos I don't watch very often means I shouldn't be subscribed to them. I *like* that my sub feed is filled with videos I'm probably not going to watch, because usually I can find at least one that I will want to watch, even when it's from somebody that I haven't paid attention to in weeks or months. If YouTube starts culling people from my sub feed that I don't watch very often, that will do nothing but worsen my viewer experience.

gyneve : "If it ain't broke, fix it til it is."

AugustDreaming : I wish I could subscribe to certain playlists instead of the entire channel. Like how on Pinterest I can follow a board and not the whole profile of a person.

dillenbeck53531 : Imagine if I could group my subscriptions and then view those groups or "all" in a subscription feed in (reverse) chronological order - wouldn't that be a great way to manage the clutter. ...but guess what? Even when I subscribe to a channel, I don't want to watch EVERY video a channel puts out. Maybe I prefer to watch Boogie2988's ramblin' series, maybe I don't watch all my board game channels because I'm not interested in those games, and maybe I only want to wait on watching a series until the uploader has completed the entire set then binge watch it (like how we watch Stranger Things on Netflix now). I don't think subscriptions are a mess, and I think they can be improved by providing user experience. (One thing I noted is you showed a grid pattern - much easier to go through a subscription feed in list view instead... and, sadly, I keep an outdated browser for the firefox plugins that let me use the YouTube browser plugins that give me the experience I want - and my phone will not update YouTube until it breaks completely.) In the end, this has one purpose only - to increase revenue. YouTube, by letting anyone upload anything, makes a lot of dead videos that cost bandwidth. Even if no one watches those content, creators and subcontractors (people who are content creators who are monetized and thus get paid via ad revenue shares - you people are subcontractors... the non-paid people are the content creators) will still be uploading. That all cost bandwidth, and they want it to stop. How do you do it? Take away the last shred of user agency in selecting how to watch. Guess in the future I'll not be using YouTube much more. In the end, there is nothing that can replace them - and when YouTube goes, it will be the end of an era; and it will eventually go away. It just isn't financially viable in our high ROI capitalistic economy - its all about making a select corporate feudal stock holders a fortune, and YouTube doesn't do that. It will become an online cable TV service and die. At least I got to use it for a while and enjoy its educational content, its boardgaming content, and its entertainment content. RIP, as you'll soon be joining MySpace and AOL and Yahoo in the website graveyard (and when these sites die, they seem to come out of nowhere and go quickly, then everyone later says "oh, it was so obvious it was going to happen").

CaptainSauce : Thanks for speaking out about this. With YouTube listening less and less to their users, I hope a video like this manages to somehow catch the attention of someone who can make a difference.

Av J : I'm subscribed to about 80 channels, many of which don't post regularly (since those usually aren't supported in the recommended feed) but I definitely regularly check it. My recommended regurgitates videos that I've already watched about 40% of the time, so subscriptions are where I get most new content from enjoyable channels that post sparsely. Personalising that will once again push those rare gems out and favour the advertiser-friendly, popular creators. Which is extremely counterproductive.

FutureNow : I'm a fan of the "You May Have Missed" feature you suggested. I also would love it if I could organize my sub box so that I can click and see all the YouTube EDU videos and then check on "Vlogs" and etc. But still chronological.

Paul Dee : If Youtube invented television, they would "update" it to a state where they delete the remote control, so that you have no control of what channel you're ever watching!! That's basically the 20th century equivalent of what they're doing. And no one would ever want to have a TV network in that setting, because the ratings they rely on to earn money would never be consistent or reliable! What kind of company tries to take user choice away from its users? That's like going in to chipotle and ordering something, but the chipotle staff just says "TOO BAD. You're getting a barbacoa bowl with hot salsa and sour cream. That's what we decided." Just like, a basic understanding of how to run a business would be nice for youtube to have. Youtube couldn't pass a 100-level class in business.

SuperSamStuff : Well put. I think our relationship with the subscription button needs to change, but I'm not fully sure as to how just yet. Thanks Hank

Niamh Lacey : This is the best clickbait I have ever seen

A Nielson : I kind of hate seeing what youtube thinks I want to see instead of just seeing them in the order they come out Idk tho

Joshua Hillerup : As someone who watches YouTube and does not make YouTube videos, I really use my subscriptions heavily and want them to be in chronological order.

onlz : I've subbed to about 60 channels, some upload daily (mainly the late night shows); most 2-3 times a week; some once a week; some(ahem CGP Grey) when the wind blows in the right direction. I mostly go my subscription feed, find the last watched video and work my way up in my preferred chronological order with small exclusion (as in: the title is interesting like this one). I'm currently watching videos uploaded 2 days ago. I don't wanna lose the older videos. I'm gonna watch them all. I just can't watch all videos on the day that they are uploaded. Why is this so hard to understand? I've deleted Facebook because it stopped showing me what my friends do and watch currently only Stories on Instagram. I love the chronological order because I have a clear start and end point with the same videos in the middle. I would love to be given the option for my feed to stay in this order.

wingedshoes7 : I think I am the only human on the planet who watches every video from every creator they're subscribed to.

Reilly : I remember when the subscription box was sorted by channel, rather than ordered like a social media feed, and you could actually delete videos from it rather than just "hide" them. It made keeping up with your subscriptions an easily accomplished checklist, whereas now I feel like we all just accept we're gonna miss a lot of videos from creators we genuinely want to see, just because if we don't watch it immeditely it'll probably be drowned out by newer content.

SushiFairy : It's just sad that these online companies constantly compete for our attention. They're probably going to take over the world by making us addicted to the internet ~_~

Rohan Martin : Amusingly the first channel I unsubscribed from was Google :p It was the first video in the feed.

Josh Mcvay : I think it would be great for the sub feature to have a tiered system. Tier one, stuff I wanna see evrhy day or as it comes out. Tier two, stuff I wanna watch every week or so but not have shoved in my face. And tier three, channels I know I'll want to check in on every now and then. I'm tired of having videos stuffed down my throat that are from channels I've subbed to but the videos were done like 5 years ago. I get it youtube. You think I'll like a Vlogbrothers video from 8 years ago where Hank is talking about giraffe sex because I watch Vlogbrothers all the time. I get that you want to suggest things that you think I'll click on so you get more ad revenue. It's your business model. But here's the thing... All it's going to take is for a platform to come along that takes care of its users and creators better and you lose all those clicks. Take a step back and ask not what the viewers can do for you, but what you can do for the viewers.

· 0xFFF1 : Can we please make a 3rd party website where you tell it who you're subbed to and it's just a no frills chronological sub feed that shows the videos as they're published and links you back to youtube in a new tab when you click on it?

bolthole : why not catagorized subboxes then we can group our channels

Bible Illustrated : I'm actually glad when someone unsubscribes. It means that they've taken action based on them not liking my channel anymore and they won't associate me with spamming their feeds. :-)

rosie4queen : I came here for the shirt..... I see why the pattern upsets John so much!!

olandir : So... I'm not subscribed to this channel, never have been, and I don't think I've ever watched a video from it before (I don't think) but this showed up on my home page, so I watched it, and I gotta say, you make a valid point. I'm going to go clean up my subscriptions right now. There's lot of stuff just cluttering it up but I've been too lazy to do it, but you're completely right. I never use it anymore because it's just been so cluttered but that's my own fault. Time to take back control.

Maya Evans li : After watching this I decided to go through my subs and holy crap. I didn’t realize how many channels videos weren’t being shown to me in my sub box. It’s actually kinda upsetting because I feel like I’m being cheated. Like YouTube told me that if I hit this button then I’d get to see when this person adds a video and they aren’t holding up their end of the bargain

Kelci O'Neill : This is THE SHIRT

Jess Wagstrom : I really missed the feature where you could create sublists in your subscriptions. It was really helpful for remembering why I subbed to people, because I'd put them on a list, and I watched more subscribed content that way.

sis west : drop dat mic

Nuha : sure

Onihikage : I don't even use YouTube's own subscription page. What I do instead to subscribe to a channel as a sort of bookmark, then use the URL to the channel's Videos page to generate an RSS feed for that channel's videos. Yes, RSS still exists, and compared to algorithms, it is *glorious.* I'm partial to Feedly.

Aurora Wolfe : What you said about it being much easier for a person to subscribe than unsubscribed, is so true. I checked the number of channels I'm subscribed to, that number is 223 xD I should probably clean up my subscription box, then maybe I'll actually use it!

Tcj333 : From what I heard, subscriptions are somehow based on user activity, which is apparently why some users find videos missing from their subscription feed; supposedly this is because Youtube has deemed them 'less active,' and as such it's a _totally_ logical practice to deny them content. Youtube says that if you want to see all of the content someone is uploading, someone you've already _subscibed_ to, then you need to click the *bell.* Youtube thinks that if a user wants to see the content they are asking for then this obfuscated, discreet bell feature is a better option than the large, sensible subscribe button. Makes sense.

cait grace : i feel like i have to turn on notifications for every channel now. i don’t get half the people i’m subscribed to in my subscription box, so having them not in chronological order makes it even worse.

Jeff Graham II : I definitely do spring cleaning on my sub feed, I cant stand having 100 channels I dont watch it not fair to me and its not fair to the creators who think im part of thier audiance.

Lawrence Calablaster : Like Hank said yesterday; once time becomes a commodity (or in this case a quantised algorithm optimised by a machine for watchability), so do you. Not trying to freak out, just thinking.

Elise Nieuwe : I don't use the subscriptions feed. I always look to the left on the homepage where I can see a list with all the channels I subscribed to. It gives a 1 if there is one new video 2 for two etc. I just look at that and when I see a channel has a new video AND I am in the mood to watch that channel, then I click the channel and watch the video. I personally don't like the method that the subscription feed uses: today these were new video's and yesterday it were these ones. I don't care. I care about: I am in the mood for this channel, does it has something new or not. The left sidebar fullfills that need perfectly :D

Alexis Harper : I want them to just make a thing where you can categorize your subscriptions, for example a folder for memes and a different folder for news, that way you can just look through what you want at one time.

Mo Tama : I love the sub box But I don't use it anymore I stopped using it when I was unable to use YouTube for 3 days So when I cameback to YouTube The sub box was a mess I missed a lot of videos And there was like hundreds of videos that I missed And I just started using the home page and occasionally I take a look at the sub page

Rene Bjørnskov : Maybe making folders so you could organize subscriptions, oh wait we had that they got rid of it.

Cris Dekker : Wouldn't it be nice if Youtube (and other channels like it) finally got the clue that they don't have to use algorithms to figure out what content their viewers like, because viewers will very gladly provide that information themselves? Give viewers more tools to find and keep track of content and they will improve their user experience way better than any algorithm ever would.

Wildepix : Do you remember the good old days when folders existed for organizing your subscriptions? I had one for "Science", and one for "Music", and one for "Games"... but then one day, YouTube dumped all of my subscriptions into a big pile, and deleted my folders. "We've made some changes to improve" they said... What BS... what a mess. I'd love to have my folders back. I'd love to be able to organize my subscriptions. I'm fine with YT making suggestions for what they think I might want to watch, but the day they removed my ability to sort that, was the day I started watching less.

Bri Ba : YouTube keeps showing me content I’ve watched but uploaded by some new schmuck. Feed is useless subs and search only useful parts.