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xyzzy

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A lot of people have broken links to their YouTube channel set on their account; I believe this is because there's a length limit, so if you paste the entire URL, then delete the youtube.com part of it, the end of the channel URL won't be included. In addition, the wording "Enter your YouTube username into the field below." should probably be removed because all YouTube channels made in the past few years have a gibberish-looking URL unrelated to the display name.

My suggestion: let people paste the full URL in there (increase the length limit to, say, 100 characters), and then validate whether it's an actual youtube.com URL server-side. (It should start with "https://www.youtube.com/".)
 

pjk

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A lot of people have broken links to their YouTube channel set on their account; I believe this is because there's a length limit, so if you paste the entire URL, then delete the youtube.com part of it, the end of the channel URL won't be included. In addition, the wording "Enter your YouTube username into the field below." should probably be removed because all YouTube channels made in the past few years have a gibberish-looking URL unrelated to the display name.

My suggestion: let people paste the full URL in there (increase the length limit to, say, 100 characters), and then validate whether it's an actual youtube.com URL server-side. (It should start with "https://www.youtube.com/".)
Thanks for reporting. I don't think it is a length issue. Assuming people follow the instructions, the URL will work. Can you send examples of ones that don't work? I see a few on the last page where the user entered the full YT URL rather than the ID as requested.
 

xyzzy

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Assuming people follow the instructions, the URL will work
The problem is that people don't necessarily follow instructions, lol. These are some of the broken YT links I've found:

CuberStache
https://www.youtube.com/CuberStache

Owen Morrison
https://www.youtube.com/Owen%20Morrison

PapaSmurf
https://www.youtube.com/PapaSmurf%20Cubes

PetrusQuber
https://www.youtube.com/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCetxW3JCsUgN2u4fd

WarriorCatCuber
https://www.youtube.com/MastaCubing
 
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Etotheipi

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A merge button would be nice so that if you accidentally double post you can just click a "Merge with previous post" and it will just append the latter post to the first one.
 

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