The videos have been up on YouTube for quite a while now. I've never paid much attention to how often they get viewed, but I have always watched the comments and tried to respond to them in a timely manner. The vast majority are positive and many ask questions.
YouTube just notified me that the videos hit over 100,000 views a little while ago.
A lot has happened since these videos were made some five years ago. Many of the comments posed questions that might have been and should have been covered in the videos. Ethanol has become a bigger problem and I should have covered that and mechanical cleaning of some of the parts, especially the inlet valve seat. I've learned a lot about the other CV and CVK carbs that are being used. The inlet and vent elbows have changed and inline filters have been added.
What I used to be able to do, on all my videos, was add an annotation to the video. That allowed me to clarify things that popped up as questions in the comments. It allowed me to make corrections for slips of the tongue that happen when an unscripted hooligan with a camera makes videos. I could easily add links to supporting videos, websites, and documents. I could add torque values, sizes, and generally anything of value that I didn't think of during my unscripted yammering.
About a year ago YouTube dropped support for adding annotations. There was much hue and cry from the content providers but to no avail. It made no sense and hurt a lot of content providers but YouTube was and is focused on portable devices. Annotations suck on portable devices but the providers that got hurt the most were the gamers and instructors and those sorts of videos suck on portables anyway! I was unable to add further annotations to videos at that point and the gamers were pretty much out of business.
What's worse, YouTube stopped supporting existing annotations early this year so all of the annotations that were in videos went away. Now what I'm faced with is finding a way to add text to videos that are currently published on YouTube. There's a way, I'm sure, but it's going to take a lot of energy to make it happen. @pdwestman
helped me with some post-publication changes to one of the balancer lever videos where we removed some confusing content from the middle of a video. That content had simply been covered by an annotation before. It was a pain to remove that content even knowing exactly what needed to be removed. Adding back annotations should be equally painful as I have to watch every video, make notes and try to remember stuff I did with annotations years ago. Frankly, it might not happen.
It would be easier to go back into post-production and add the text and re-upload to YouTube, but then every link to the videos (and there are thousands) would be broken. Think 'Photoshop Fiasco' on a much smaller scale. If I were to do that I'd be sorely tempted to simply say 'screw YouTube' and host them on souperdoo.com. YouTube has made several blunderous changes in the past couple of years; I wouldn't have to put up with whatever is coming from them in the future.
As you watch these, and my other videos, if you see something that sounds like a mis-speak, is flat out wrong, or some info might well be added understand that it probably was there before the annotations were dropped. Read through the comments and see if your question has been asked before. If you need clarification please post a comment. I get notified of all comments and will answer quite quickly.
As always, thanks for watching and thanks for the use of the hall...