smallthetalk said: I just tried to find your comment on the Sam Pepper video to try to push it up, but youtube only shows me the last 4 hrs of comments...But, could you please remind people, if they want to raise awareness on any on his video, not to argue with his fans but reply to peole they agree with? As far as I know, more replies to a comment means it becomes a "top comment". If you like a comment it just gets moved down, but replies keep it at the top. Thanks!
My comment maaayyy have been deleted (as that was apparently happening quite a lot to other people), but it’s still available to read and interact with on my Google+, so perhaps not?
Either way, yes. YouTube’s comment algorithm is horrendous. It treats any comment with high activity as a Top Comment, no matter how inflammatory or thumbed-down it is (in fact thumbing down only adds to this. Like, seriously YouTube, what).
So don’t try and engage with Sam’s supporters. I’ve found it’s like arguing with a pastel-coloured wall anyway. Don’t even thumb them down. Instead, only interact with and support the comments you agree with. Encourage critical discussion and force readers of the comments to see another side.