In Astronomy SE meta I asked Interest in looking into adding the YouTube viewer? and the justification was straightforward; in my answer there I documented almost 40 previous posts with links to videos in YouTube and several of my own posts I felt could take advantage of it.

Once the case was made it appeared that the process of getting the embedded YouTube viewer in Astronomy SE appeared to be straightforward, though I don't know what all went on behind the scenes.

To test if it was already turned on, I added a link to a relevant and potentially helpful YouTube video https://youtu.be/eIHQHlbxtmk to Okay, I've installed LAMMPS II: I'd like to make a small graphene flake, but how? and so far the viewer does not display. See also:

I've done a quick search here and found 15 instances of "youtube" and 3 of "youtu.be"

Question: How much interest is there here in Matter Modeling SE in turning on the YouTube viewer?

I can has (cheezeburger) YouTube?


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For me personally, I can't see needing embedded youtube clips. For short clips where its just introducing a short animation, I would just include a gif. For longer clips or sections of a video, I would usually rather just jump to youtube than watch in an embedded player. The example you gave was a 4 minute tutorial, which if I came across I would probably just watch on youtube or save to a watch later playlist. I'm open to asking SE to enable this if there is enough interest, but I personally don't see the need.

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    $\begingroup$ Certainly it isn't needed, but what are the downsides to enabling it? It seems to me it would just be a small quality of life improvement for those who might use it. $\endgroup$
    – Hayden S
    May 22, 2022 at 22:03
  • $\begingroup$ @HaydenS Assuming there aren't any performance issues (e.g. pages load a lot slower due to this being enabled), I don't see any problem with asking the CMs. I'd just rather wait to see if enough people are interested, since the CMs are fairly busy and I don't want to add something unnecessarily (especially if we wind up having another request that gets put further back in line because we already asked for this to be enabled). $\endgroup$
    – Tyberius Mod
    May 22, 2022 at 22:55

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