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Saturday, November 10, 2007

A Blast from the Past: Could this be our Comment Deletion problem?

Uploaded June 20, 2006:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU-lLzA6mxY (please click this and read the whole description, a portion of it is below)

In order to delete a comment on YouTube, you click on a delete link next to the comment, and an alert box pops up informing you that it has been deleted. This works for single comments, but when you have tons of them that you need to remove, it takes forever.

I created this tool on June 20th, 2006. It was intended as a temporary solution for the mass-deletion of comments. I used it for my own video, and released it to the public to share with the community.

Prior to the creation of this tool, I read YouTube terms of service, and made sure it was totally legit.

On June 24th I awoke to tons of messages. It turns out that YouTube forgot to check whether or not the user ID that is used to delete comments is the same as the owner of the video where the comments are. This means that you can delete other peoples comments.


Also, check this link June, 2006 entries for the youtube blog

Youtube fixed this bug at the time, however, I wonder if the problem is back now. Youtube did upgrade their comments recently, and it is possible that youtube upgraded the old code that had the bugs in it. This video looks very familiar to our problem, especially since the comments vanished in a flash, instead of one at a time.

I have e-mailed youtube with this info.

I tried to search for his tool, but it appears it has been wiped from the internet. Not really, I am sure it is somewhere. If someone were to find it, please let me know. I would like to test it (on my own videos) and see if it works with today's software. I would appreciate anyone's help with finding this tool from June, 2006.

I have also PM'd "fatherham" to do the same, but it does not appear he logs in to youtube that much.


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