#3 Posted on 12.8.10 1312.56 Reposted on: 12.8.17 1313.01
No, instead of "Search Options", there's a new link (for me anyway) labelled "Refine", with options like "By Category", "By Video Property", "By Community", and "By Username" ... It's not very helpful (and actually makes the whole search function look rather ugly).
EDIT: On a lark, I tried logging out and doing another search (to see if I had somehow been designated a "beta tester" for YouTube's new design or whatnot) ... Nope, still the same (ugly) results.
#5 Posted on 16.8.10 1035.45 Reposted on: 16.8.17 1035.53
Not that anyone cares, but I finally just decided to clear my YouTube cookies and now it's back to the normal non-hashtag search setup.
My work computer was still the only place that this happened, so I'm not sure exactly what I did to earn this "honor" ... I did notice that with the searchbar at the top of the YouTube page, the cursor appeared smaller than regular (now that I've cleared my cookies, the cursor once again fills up the entire search bar).
Again, I don't know what the hell was up with this, but (if YouTube was trying some weird type of beta-testing with me as the guinea pig), let me just take the opportunity to say that I definitely hope that they do NOT adapt this setup in the future.
#6 Posted on 16.8.10 1121.44 Reposted on: 16.8.17 1121.54
Didn't think of it, but it probably was something they put in your cookies to pick your computer (and maybe a tiny percentage of others.) Being keyed to the computer means there's a set screen dimension, browser, etc. combination they can be sure it's set up for.
They really should've given you an easy escape back to the normal setup. But at least you're back.
It's definitely an improvement over their previous attempt, I'll give them that ... and (as can be seen in the right-hand corner) they have retained the option of searching by date uploaded, ranking, etc., so SOMEONE at Google heard my ranting and raving ;)
The funny thing is, whereas I had to actually delete my cookies in order to change back to the "classic" search style the other time, this new look happened exactly once this morning and now I can no longer replicate it ... weird, just weird.
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