I knew this was in the works, but they just made it live a day or two ago. Where before Youtub would display a counter of both likes and dislikes, now they are only showing the likes count. It’s a free product so they can do what they want, but I’m just noticing how annoying the change is. I used to filter stuff like recipe videos by comparing the ratio of dislikes to likes to get a quick sense of whether the recipe is judged as trustworthy or good by viewers, but now I don’t have that. I discovered anywhere up to about 10% dislikes to likes meant you’ve likely stumbled upon a reasonable video. (I try to find something more in the 1-5% range). Get to a quarter, and you’re better off looking somewhere else. Get to a half and you better do the exact opposite of what the video is telling you to do.
Now, I get that there are idiots who will just downvote videos for the hell of it, but the above rule has served me well, and I always make the assumption that a certain percentage of downvotes is idiots.
Am I the only one irked by this change?
(ETA: Changed Facebook to Youtube above.)