The great YouTube debacle of 2013

I really didn’t want the second post on this status blog to be about a massive cock-up, but here we are. More than a year ago, YouTube changed the way they organized people using their service. It used to be that videos could be uploaded by users and each video belonged to a specific user. So that’s how I organized the author data in the Stellar database (just like with Twitter, Vimeo, and Flickr).

Post-change, YouTube videos can now belong to either users or channels. And with that shift came a corresponding change in the data coming from YouTube’s API…and I missed it. And so Stellar kept assuming that only YT users can “own” videos and a lot of bad data got into the Stellar DB. The poor thing was singing Daisy Bell for over a year and I didn’t hear it.

A few weeks ago, I began the process of correcting the bad data and to begin collecting the author data in the proper way. Unfortunately, some of the data, especially related to videos belonging to channels, could not be recovered and was lost. Some of the missing data will filter back into the site over the next day or so (you might see old favorite YT videos pop back up to the top of your faves page), but some of them are just gone. Which sucks and is personally irritating to me because, like you, I’m fond of my favorites and don’t want any of them disappearing. I am sorry that this happened and I will do what I can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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