YouTube, a video-sharing website, is a community so influential that the term "YouTuber" is among common vernacular nowadays. However, whether you're a commenter or a YouTuber it is best advised to follow some guidelines for posting videos or comments – this includes rules already in YouTube's Community Guidelines.
If you are a YouTube commenter, it is recommended that you follow certain tips and morals for commenting and posting other non-video content to YouTube:
- Be mindful of advertising. The comments section of a YouTube video seems like the perfect place to promote your free game or new website. However, it is a gamble between attracting or deterring visitors. It may entice visitors into buying your game or exploring your website, or it will give the impression that you are very needy or trying to scam people. Be mindful of the advertisements you post.
- Don't feed the trolls. Trolls are people that post inflammatory content to the comments sections purely to piss people off. It is best advised that these trolls be ignored under some circumstances, excluding if you want to fire back for the purpose of a humorous video. Replying to a comment that is using a morally unacceptable format (i.e. all caps, cussing, etc.) is also a gamble between whether or not your intention works.
- Be respectful. Respect is an important concept and goes a long way. Please take into consideration that most (if not all) users are humans behind a computer screen or on a phone or tablet.
- Avoid sensitive topics. Unless the video you are commenting on is purely religious or political material, do not bring up politics or religion in a comment. However, every person has their own political and/or religious beliefs and should be respected for them.
If you are a YouTuber (that is, you upload video content), it is recommended that you follow these tips:
- Ignore hate comments. Haters are just looking for a way to break you apart. If anything, they can hate you for no reason purely just to get a reaction out of you. Unless you want to do a video firing back at your haters, it's best not to let YouTube comment hate get to you.
- Be respectful. Everybody's human, and we make mistakes.
- Follow the community guidelines. As stated here, there are certain common-sense rules to follow. This includes:
- YouTube is NOT the place for pornography. YouTube is not the place for pornography or sexually explicit content. It is advised not to be posted on YouTube. In summary, YouTube is NOT PornHub.
- YouTube is NOT the place for violent or graphic content. It is advised that when posting graphic content in a news or documentary context to be mindful to provide enough information to help people understand what is going on in the video. Otherwise, violent or gory content is not allowed.
- YouTube is NOT the place for hateful content. While YouTube is a platform for free expression, they do not accept nor support content that promotes or condones violence against individuals or groups based on ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, nationality, etc. In summary, do not attack a person or a group.
- No spam content. Everyone hates spam. YouTube advises that you do not create misleading descriptions, tags, titles, or thumbnails in order to increase views. Posting large amounts of untargeted, unwanted or repetitive content is also highly frowned upon.
- No harmful or dangerous content. YouTube may not exactly be kid friendly to begin with, but posting videos that encourage others to do things that might cause them to get badly hurt will only make things worse. You can age-restrict your content, but it's best just not to risk it.
- Respect copyright. For the love of all that is good in this world, respect copyright. Only upload videos that you have made or that you are authorized to use.