For one, even if I wanted to use it, piped never works for me.

Second, on mobile, my alternative of choice doesn’t recognize everyone’s non-yt links, so it removes my choice in the matter.

Third, I have no reason to trust the weird-ass domains I see, and to un-fuck the url takes much more time then just handing out the original YT links and letting people choose for themselves how they view the video.

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    Agree totally. Any YT link can be turned easily into an alternate frontend link, so leave it up to the clients to rewrite those as they want (either via browser extension or UI feature).

    Granted, it’s just as easy to turn an alternate frontend link into a YT or other alternative link, but then the client would have to know of every random Invidious/Piped instance, so it’s much less practical.

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    Most people post YouTube links, which are replaced by bots to privacy respecting front ends.

    This is because the mods understand YouTube is a blood sucking vampire.

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    fourth, if i share a video URL it’s likely a creator who i like and support and depriving them of their ad revenue might not be what i want

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    I’m not sure this is really an unpopular opinion. Controversial? Yes. Unpopular? Probably not.

    In a lot of places people link unusual frontends, you’ll see at least 1 or 2 people chastising them for it.

    That aside, I agree.

  • Ok so this is the weird thing: Piped works; it’s just that links to the video directly don’t.

    I can go to the main site and find the video and play it fine, but if I click a link directly to the video from Lemmy, it never loads.

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    Interesting, I’ve seen Piped/Invidious given as the only link… twice I think. Perhaps you’re in privacy-oriented communities more than me.

    I do post a tracking-parameter-free YT URL + “(Piped mirror)” when I share :)

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    Agreed. I try to use the Piped.video website and I get stuck on the Trending page and it keeps refreshing over and over again somehow.

    I even ended tapping on Cardi B because of it and I personally don’t like that artist myself.