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They now have an auto-play feature that automatically skips to the "next" video when the current video is done. It does so by making a semi-random guess at what video the user might want to look at next. Unsurprisngly, it fails at guessing at least 90 percent of the time. It also makes stopping to read video comments and and viewing related videos an extreme pain in the ass. This is enabled by default and must be disabled by clicking on the tab at the bottom of the screen. This must be done EVERY TIME you visit the site. There is no way to disable it by default. That is, unless you download and install 3rd party software which is only available for Firefox. Really, who wants to install software and possibly switch browsers just to accomplish something that should simply be an account setting on the website?
I always thought of Google as a company that puts user-friendliness and "not being evil" above all else. Now I don't know.
On an unrelated note, I just discovered that "auto-play" (minus the quotes and hyphen) is starred out when posting on these forums.
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From things you've said before I think you listen to more mainstream stuff than everyone else here.Consider the average YouTube user.
I wasn't viewing the lady gaga channel.... Every average youtube user knows how the fuck to get out of full screen. And if they panic, their first instinct should be to hit the esc key. Really, everyone knows how to get out of full screen by this point.
Youtube and Google Image Search have both proven that nobody at Google has any clue about UI issues in web design. Evidently they herded anyone who did off into the Chrome team, since I've not heard similar complaints about it so far. Youtube has become more and more annoying to use with every single incremental "improvement" they've tried to make.