Just wanted to point this out as it’s something that’s been bothering me the last couple days. I spend a lot of time hoarding old videos of live performances. Some of these videos can be very difficult to find, so I’ve always utilized many of YouTube’s search filter functions. Unfortunately, it looks like YouTube is trying to make these functions less and less useful and it’s making it so much harder to find the videos I’m looking for.
For one, the filter no longer definitively filters out all the videos you don’t wanna see. It merely acts as a suggestion. Go ahead and try to filter by 4K. You’ll still get results as low as 360p. This applies to all the filters. It looks like the YouTube algorithm is taking precedence over your filter options. It’s infuriating, quite frankly, as the filters used to be the one part of YouTube where I wasn’t at the mercy of the algorithm, but it seems that this is no longer the case.
Second, you can longer search for specific videos on a channel without the algorithm, once again, taking precedence. Similar to the filter issue, you can search for videos on a channel, but YouTube will show you upwards of 20 videos chosen by the algorithm before showing you videos from the channel you actually want to see.
Anyways, just wanted to make it known that this is happening because I don’t see anyone else talking about it online. There are probably more changes that I have yet to notice but these are the ones which are affecting me directly.
EDIT: Posted this in a comment below but I figured I’d add it here because it’s kind of related:
This is just a theory of mine, but I think YouTube is even cutting off search results based on how many videos you choose to watch in the list. It’s not that they run out of results, they just run out of results that they *think* you’ll be interested in. I also think the types of videos you are shown will change depending on which videos you choose to watch in that list. I say it’s just a theory, but honestly, I’ve run a few tests of my own, and I’m convinced that this is what’s happening.