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This browser extension makes YouTube slightly less painful
You should still probably avoid the comments.
YouTube comment threads were never a place for intelligent discussion, but in 2014, “Le Reddit Armie” made them even worse. These Reddit meta-trolls hop onto anything that has the r/videos subreddit’s seal of approval—often an indication of impending virality across the Web—to satirize themselves, attack others, and upvote (or “upboat”) one another’s spam.
Now, thank the Internet gods, there’s an open-source browser extension—for Google Chrome, Firefox, and Opera—that silences these dorks. Aptly named “Hide Fedora,” it removes blacklisted Reddit Armie commenters, allows you to report other trolling profiles, and invites you to specify red-flag words or phrases like “gentlesir,” “m’lady,” and “/r/atheism.” (Naturally, someone has suggested an “OnlyFedora” version.)
And here’s the cleaned-up comment thread:
OK, so maybe we’d be better off deleting YouTube altogether. But we’ve got to start somewhere, right?
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'