YouTube Comment Moderation is Finally Easy to Use – Trolls Beware!

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The rise of the trolls on YouTube has been a matter of interest and amusement for most people.  These rather nasty folks have decided that they will act horribly behind a shield of anonymity.  If you try to respond to them or counter their “arguments” you will only be lambasted with more hate and flaming.

This was not seen as a big deal until recently because it seemed as if most of the folks using YouTube and services like it when young folks who frankly enjoy pissing contests and being general asshats.  It can even be argued that Troll’ism has legitimately led to the rise and wide adoption of YouTube.

The problem is that times change.  What was once the realm of the young and uncouth has become the escape of the older and more stable.  Now everyone uses YouTube and its no longer a refuge from the rest of the world.

This then creates an issue for content creators.  The problem is that the trolls that have setup their homes in YouTube write comments so vile they turn off other viewers and users.  I have actually had subscribers say they haven’t shared some of my videos because the comments were so bad.  And until this point there was little that could be done.

If you respond to troll’ish comments it only makes them worse, and If you ban them from your channel they just create new accounts and pop up again. This was almost impossible to deal with because the comments were spread over hundreds of videos and there was no easy way to moderate them all.

One of YouTube’s new improvements changes the dynamic and may finally kill the trolls altogether.  As a creator I can now see a stream of ALL comments that have been posted to my videos and with 2 clicks can Report or Ban the user, or simply delete the comment.  This allows me to spend 5 minutes a day moderating and trying to bring the conversation up to a reasonable level of maturity.



Beyond this there is a Word Blacklist feature so I can automatically Hold for review any comments that contain those particular words.


With this new streamlined system for comment moderation it will make it much easier to maintain a semblance of decorum, and is one of those small changes in the world of technology that may end up having a huge impact.


Eli Etherton

I am Eli "the Computer Guy" and have been in the tech industry for approx. 20 years doing all kinds of odd projects. I started as an electronics tech in the US Army, worked in corporate IT during the IT Boom, was an individual consultant and grew my tech shop to have numerous full time employees and supported small business clients with computer repair/ server maintenance/ web development/ surveillance systems/ telephone systems until the great recession. After that I started creating video training on all the topics I know and now have a YouTube Channel with over 500K subscribers. I am the founder of and my plan is to create a tech "news" site that I would actually find useful if I was still in the server room.

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