Youtube has had a long running string of bad ideas in recent years. An automated copyright ID system (that is open for abuse), Youtube Red (a paid service that limited sharing of videos internationally), and an ad-friendly policy (that allowed advertisers to influence the kind of content found on Youtube). Which brings us to Youtube's newest blunder their "heroes" program. In a nutshell it allows people to volunteer their time to moderate Youtube. People who prove useful to the website will have increased privileges such as the ability to mass flag videos and remove undesirable comments. Another way to gain advancement is by "sharing information"...you know...a small part of me almost gets this...like at a board meeting somebody in a suit stood up and said "I know how we can solve our cesspool of a comment system for free!" Apparently, none of these highly paid, "brilliant" people had ever heard of the term political officer. Youtube isn't asking for "heroes," they're asking for "commissars."
Actually, I take that back. Commissars at least got paid for what they did. Youtube is too cheap to even offer a salary which is pretty insulting considering how much money Google rakes in every year. So, there's really only three types of people who are going to go for this kind of thing.
- People who have an sociopolitical agenda they want to foist upon others
- People hoping to abuse the system for their own amusement/entertainment
- People who are actually being paid to do a job
The joke here is that Youtube had a very obvious solution to their problem. Give individual channels the tools to moderate themselves. RPG.net is a great example of how moderated communities can work. Instead of just banning users or deleting comments mods can do stuff like issue warnings, remove individuals from particular threads, or even suspend an account's posting privileges for a certain number of days based on the type of infraction. Sure, it isn't a perfect solution. There's a danger of some rogue channel trying carve out their own little den of hate-speech or whatever on Youtube, but an appeals process (again like they have on RPG.net and law courts in real life) should address that potential hazard.
Sadly, that idea was too simple of a solution for the "geniuses" at Youtube. So instead we have this "heroes" program instead. You know what really bothers me most about it? The tagline at the end of their promo video that says "...Because all heroes deserve a little glory." Glory? Glory to these fools? Nay! Glory to Astortzka, I say.