Topic: THE YT2009 FRONTEND IS INCREDIBLE



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Reply by GRIFFEN

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yes it will be open source, and it would probably stick around a long time even if it wasnt.

if google cared that much then there would be no bitview, no cosmic cat, no cleantalk, nothing


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Reply by Vivian

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Oh my god. I've been waiting on something like this FOREVER!!


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Reply by Johnii

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What a beaut!


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Reply by GRIFFEN

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hi! this is a themed windows 11!


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Reply by TheDuke2007

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This looks amazing!!!!!! cant wait for it to go public!


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Reply by TELEK1NET1C

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oooh this is gonna be cool !!! we wanted smth like this the other day since we decided to make our side computer look really retro hehe

- yukio


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Reply by .::cybergunz::.

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MAN IM SO EXCITED FOR THIS!!!! it's going to be lifesaving for me bcs my pc is pretty old and modern youtube tends to crash very often whenever i try using it without the cosmic cat theme...lmao


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Reply by GRIFFEN

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i dont think i even mentioned the utility of this on classic browsers and computers! since it is almost literally the website from 2009 it should work on any computer and browser from around that time


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Reply by Ellie05

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AAAAA IM SO JEALOUS RN!!

I need to check this out, I love it


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Reply by Billy

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Is public beta out yet


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Reply by GRIFFEN

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Reply by SonicGodz

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wish i had early access to it


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Reply by Tommy430

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Can't wait for this. Mid-2017 and higher youtube layout I can't stand.


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Reply by xrt

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Okay, i got access to the beta, now where the hell do i get the cool themes?


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Reply by GRIFFEN

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2008, 2009 and 2010 themes are in the userstyles channel on discord, 2007 theme is on userstyles.world, 2012 style should be somewhere in general but if you ask tai7k he might have it


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Reply by TheDuke2007

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where do you get access to the beta? this would look great w/ my win7 computer


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Reply by GRIFFEN

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you have to ask the guy making it for permission for now


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Reply by TheDuke2007

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ah ok, do you know who made it?


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Reply by GRIFFEN

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Aromantic-Audience, i think that's how it's spelled. you can find him on reddit. invites will be open again soon so make sure to ask him soon


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Reply by TheDuke2007

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Does it have a discord? if so, could you invite me to it once the invites are back?


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Reply by GRIFFEN

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there is a discord but it's only for people who have already been invited to use the beta


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Reply by TheDuke2007

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alrighty, i messaged the guy but he hasnt responded yet


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Reply by TheDuke2007

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actually, when are invites gonna be open?


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Reply by GRIFFEN

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just ask him for an invite and he'll let you in when they're open, that's how it's been working from what i gather


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Reply by TheDuke2007

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alright, did it


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Reply by Jeltus

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I DM'd the Creator on Reddit. Now i need to wait for the invite link.


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Reply by TheDuke2007

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yeah same


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Reply by TheDuke2007

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so i messaged the guy, but i think i got ignored? he hasn't responded to me for over a week now 
unless invites are still not open yet


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Reply by GRIFFEN

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invites are 100% open, i think you just didnt get accepted. that or maybe he is busy


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Reply by TheDuke2007

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Reply by VKNIGHT

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Hello there Griffen. I thought I would add additional clarification to the part of your post discussing the Wayback Machine functionality of the frontend (As it is one of yt2009's most curious features!). It appears to fetch all sorts of page information from an actual archive of the page from 2009, making it nearly exactly accurate. I have created a comparison using three different screenshots of the comedy youtuber Smosh's video "The Best Car Ever". The first screenshot uses no wayback features, the second screenshot has the wayback features flag enabled, and the third screenshot is an actual archive of the page from June 10th, 2009 (Ignore the discoloration that is from my capturing software and not the frontend).




As you can see with wayback features enabled the frontend brings back the original profile picture, banner, channel recommendations, channel title (It changes from a capital Smosh to the original lowercase smosh), and comments (Not pictured but they are the same between the archive and second screenshot). Although not applicable to this specific video it can also bring back the original title if changed, however I do not think it brings back original thumbnails just yet.

Another cool feature your post didn't touch on is the return of video responses! Not all video responses are available as channels have been deleted and videos removed but several popular videos still retain them. 

The only major features that I would like to see added to the frontend is to be able to attribute a channel to the "account" and "my videos" buttons in the fake channel dropdown in the top right for more immersion, and the ability to leave a fake rating. Finally I see that your post mentioned additional themes created by other users. If it might be possible to  send me a link to the userstyles discord where I could then gain access to the 2008 style I would be gracious. I only ask because it looks very good, and I am interested in looking at the methods used in its creation.


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Reply by Jeltus

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and you leaked the link, that's great -_-


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Reply by VKNIGHT

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The link cannot be accessed without a randomly generated key which can only be created by the original owner. However for the sake of preserving the owners original vision if I receive a message from him I will glady take it down.

Edit: For brevity I cleansed the original BMP manually of the link. 


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Reply by GRIFFEN

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hi VKNIGHT, thank you for clarifying! i would edit your explanation to my post but then i would also have to update the other outdated part (the userstyles)


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Reply by TheDuke2007

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Reply by Lambda Core

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So this thing runs on older machines, it's supposedly that accurate, right? So how does it handle higher resolution content if at all? Out of curiosity


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Reply by GRIFFEN

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videos have an HD feature (like with youtube in 2009) and if you push it it goes to the highest resolution. i think it default to 480p if you dont push it


videos it cant handle are:

age restricted content

unlisted or private videos


if you meant screen resolution then it can handle any, the only issue is with VKNIGHTs theme


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Reply by yurmom2 (quit, bye)

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i cant do that smosh choose your own adventure thing this sucks


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Reply by GRIFFEN

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do you have annotations enabled? even if you do some annotations lead to unlisted videos (which dont work on the frontend)


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Reply by TheDuke2007

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is there another way to contact the creator other than on reddit?
cause idk if he even goes on reddit anymore

actually does he have a discord acc?


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Reply by yurmom2 (quit, bye)

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wait what some videos are unlisted???????????????


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Reply by GRIFFEN

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yes some videos are unlisted on youtube, this isnt an issue with the frontend


he does have a discord account but im not sure i can share it, sorry


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Reply by TheDuke2007

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ah, ok, is there another way to contact him then?
if there isnt any other way, ill just wait until it releases, whenever that is


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Reply by TheDuke2007

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the first time i messaged him on reddit, it just said empty chat, does this mean anything?


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Reply by GRIFFEN

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i dont know i barely use reddit


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Reply by TheDuke2007

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oh ok
i just wonder why he wont respond though, maybe he's busy with something
(thats assuming he isnt just ignoring my messages on purpose, anyways)
edit: actually i just realized he isnt active on reddit much by his comments/posts being months apart


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Reply by Lambda Core

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Yeah, I don't think he's really active on Reddit. I've asked about it awhile ago and got no real response, I think the safest thing to do is just to wait since I don't think there's any other contact info - and digging too hard for info is likely a sign he doesn't want that info available which in your case probably isn't a good way to get into his closed beta lol


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Reply by TheDuke2007

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oh ok,
sorry i just really wanted access to it because it looked cool :P 
but i'll just wait until he comes back on reddit


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Reply by TheDuke2007

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ive been wondering if i should get someone to ask the creator for me?
cause he isnt responding to my message


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