First of all, this is a discussion. Not a forum feedback or complain. I want to hear what others have to say.
The fact is there have been several threads in the Ubuntu Forums which have been closed due to asking support for downloading youtube videos.
While I understand that opening a thread on sole purpose of help on downloading videos from youtube violates their ToS except a a download link is included on the video page.
While closing this kinds of threads is okey according to the Ubuntu Code of Conduct;:9.1 With the exception of Content submitted to the Service by you, all other Content on the Service is either owned by or licensed to YouTube, and is subject to copyright, trade mark rights, and other intellectual property rights of YouTube or YouTube's licensors. Any third party trade or service marks present on Content not uploaded or posted by you are trade or service marks of their respective owners. Such Content may not be downloaded, copied, reproduced, distributed, transmitted, broadcast, displayed, sold, licensed, or otherwise exploited for any other purpose whatsoever without the prior written consent of YouTube or, where applicable, YouTube's licensors. YouTube and its licensors reserve all rights not expressly granted in and to their Content.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1816247... (yea..you'll find these kind of posts all over UF.)
But there are exceptions.
Sometimes mods have been a bit careless about closing a thread showing this youtube download reason.
Which have been closed (look @ the second page)
This thread had a different purpose and could be useful. only one or two posts about youtube-video downloading I don't think should be enough for closing an entire thread. There may have been more such incidents I dont know of. In such cases, the mod could pm the posters to remove the *parts* asking for support on the taboo or him/her-rself remove the portion; after-all s/he's a mod right?
however for this same reason many more threads would also need closure.
Of course mods are also human and they make mistakes.
I just hope they'd be a bit more careful about closing a thread.
And perhaps maybe put up a bold (to the eyes) announcement on this youtube download issue so people could avoid creating threads on this again and again.
What do you think?