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Cannot post comments on YouTube.

Post by RAJAH235 » Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:29 am

Hi Guys,
Sorry for the long post.

Did a quick search but nothing really recent or relevant found.
I'm running Firefox v20, v38 & v43. All have the latest No Script installed,
along with Ad Block Plus.

The problem is as follows in all versions...

I go to YouTube using my usual bookmarked sites & check for any new videos.
Linky > https://www.youtube.com/user/xjet/videos

If there are any I like, I log in & try to add a comment, but cannot post anything.
As soon as I try to "write" anything, the paused video immediately starts to play

&... I cannot insert a space between the words.
It comes out as per...

Heythere,thatwasgreatcamerawork.Nicelydone.

Now, the other night I tried with IE 11 & it functioned fine. (It only has Ad Block Plus installed.)
I was able to write & post my comment with no probs.
Plus, my comment remained visible after & I logged out of YouTube.

This does not happen with any version of Firefox. My comments mysteriously vanish into the Ether after I log out.

I've tried all the suggested fixes but none work.
Disabled Ad Block Plus, tried adding all the Google.com & api's etc., in No Script, clearing cache & site cookies etc, etc. Nada.

I just tried again, but disabled No Script, restarted Firefox v20 & was able to copy & paste my text from Notepad into the comments box with nothing weird happening.
BUT, when I try to write a comment, the paused video starts to play & I cannot add any spaces between the words, as per above.
NB: I do not "normally" use copy & paste, but it worked.

An eg; of the error.(Laurence235)
In this video, I can see my comment when logged in but cannot after logging out. All Firefox versions do the same.
Linky > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_WfAdaNQb8

I've also checked at "their" forum, but the people there are just ridiculous & argumentative & none of their suggestions work.
Linky > https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/youtube/wxSevswupSs

When I tried the suggested "Test" site from that link, my comments were visible, correctly spaced & still visible after I logged out.
I do not know why that site worked, when my usual one does not.

Anyone got any ideas, coz I don't want to run without No Script & I really need to be able to post the occasional comment.

Ta muchly.
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:42.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/42.0

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Re: Cannot post comments on YouTube.

Post by barbaz » Sat Jan 09, 2016 7:45 pm

It is sounding that the problem is not completely a NoScript issue, as when you disable NoScript it still doesn't work (but I'm not quite understanding whether or not it's different non-working behavior?).

Does downgrading NoScript to a version you know "should" work for you, get you able to comment at youtube? If so, what is the latest rc that still works?
Old NoScript @
https://addons.mozilla.org/addon/noscript/versions
*or*
https://noscript.net/feed?c=100&t=a
*Always* check the changelogs BEFORE updating that important software!
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Re: Cannot post comments on YouTube.

Post by RAJAH235 » Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:00 am

Hi,
Thanks for the reply.
I thought that there may be a "quick fix" or that some had experienced a similar error.

I really do not think that going back a few versions will actually help.
Why?
Because this "comments disappearing act" has been going on since around the time that Google bought YouTube
& forced everyone to associate it with a Google + Acct.
Then, to compound the issue, Google stated that they're going to reverse the change. (Dumb buggers.) :)

As I mentioned, I'm not the only one experiencing this error.
There's an unknown number of people who have the same problem,
Some using Chrome & Opera.

So, I'll just have to use copy & paste when commenting.

Thanks again for the suggestions.

Will wait 'n' see how Google perform with their "changed changes."

(It's really strange that IE works fine though.)
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Re: Cannot post comments on YouTube.

Post by barbaz » Sun Jan 10, 2016 4:54 pm

You're welcome.

Moving to Web Tech.
*Always* check the changelogs BEFORE updating that important software!
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Re: Cannot post comments on YouTube.

Post by barbaz » Sun Jan 10, 2016 5:04 pm

RAJAH235 wrote:(It's really strange that IE works fine though.)

This would point either to UA sniffing or browser-specific JS...

Wonder if swallowing keyboard events to make any difference? Test:
about:config
right-click > new > string
name: noscript.surrogate.abcde.replacement
value:

Code: Select all

let evs=['keydown','keypress','keyup'];for(let ev of evs){window.addEventListener(ev,function(e){e.stopPropagation();e.stopImmediatePropagation();},true);}

right-click > new > string
name: noscript.surrogate.abcde.sources
value is @ followed by domain name of the page the comments are part of - e.g., if the comments are part of youtube page (and not in an iframe)

Code: Select all

@.youtube.com


Can you then comment normally?

(I have not tested that script, so be careful with it. Oh, and it may also disable wanted functionality...)
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Re: Cannot post comments on YouTube.

Post by RAJAH235 » Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:29 pm

Hi Barbaz,

Many thanks for the code.

I just chucked them into about:config & restarted Firefox.

Went to the YouTube page...
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS9HoySxzvw
Logged in, created a comment, all characters nicely spaced as well & logged out.

When I re-opened the page, my comment was still visible under the "Newest first" option. Yippeeee. ;)

There doesn't seem to be any "glitches" or after effects, so far.

Thanks for the assistance with this silly, annoying problem.
I owe you a bottle of red or even a beer.

You should go to the Google/YouTube site & post the fix for those that run Firefox.

Ta muchly.
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Re: Cannot post comments on YouTube.

Post by barbaz » Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:02 pm

You're welcome! Image

RAJAH235 wrote:You should go to the Google/YouTube site & post the fix for those that run Firefox.

That is a NoScript feature, not a Firefox feature.. and I don't have accounts at either youtube or google+ so can't post there, sorry. I think that in any case, if someone is going to post there again it would be more productive to say something along the lines of "I did some testing and found that the issue is keyboard event listener(s) going rogue on all browsers other than IE" instead of giving a workaround requiring the use of a somewhat "techie" Gecko-only addon with disorganized, scattered documentation.
It'd be best to just state the diagnostic information gained from the workaround, in a way that should be understood by whoever has to fix the problem.
*Always* check the changelogs BEFORE updating that important software!
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