I find the screen shots of videos that show up in comments very distracting. They are huge. Isn't a link sufficient?
It's particularly bad when someone posts two or three links to videos in the comment thread. It pushes other content farther down the page, and the screen shots themselves do not generally impart any useful information, other than to give a visual indication that it is a video.
Note: click "show all" to see the comments below. For some reason, the software is hiding them.
The screenshots are placeholders for the embedded video player. If you are not seeing the video player on clicking the thumbnail, please let me know your set up. It should be visible to all. We used to just directly link out to YouTube but these days Google monitors (among other things) visitor time on page and bounce rates for SEO purposes so it helps Inward Quest's search engine rankings to play videos within pages whenever possible.
The video playing feature does not exist on Meta.
We recently added a new feature to Inward Quest that collapses all comments made directly under the question. An increasing number of users were engaging in "question hijacking" where they were posting their answers as comments to the question, knowing they would be seen even before the highest-voted answer, instead of writing answers themselves which might not be as visible unless they were voted up. The collapsed comments under the question discourage the hijacking behaviour because of lesser visibility. The reason the collapsing comments are happening on Meta is because we were testing the feature here first.
answered Jan 30 '14 at 07:01
Simon Templeton ♦♦