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How to Add a YouTube Video

July 13, 2008
by Philip Ferreira

Debate.org now supports YouTube videos on several areas of the website. By following these simple instructions, you can display a YouTube video in your messages, comments, and most importantly your debate arguments. Here's how to add a YouTube video:

  1. Copy the Link
  2. Copy the link of the YouTube video. The link should look like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GJOVPjhXMY

  3. Paste the Link
  4. Paste the YouTube link directly in your message, comment, or debate argument.

    This video is hilarious. Check it out.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GJOVPjhXMY

    "The Star Wars Kid was just goofing off at school. Now he finds his private performance downloaded by over 15 million Internet users across the world. The Star Wars Kid is a 15-year-old from Quebec known only as Ghyslain -- his parents are keeping his last name secret to protect his identity. Back in November 2002, Ghyslain was goofing off at a school video studio and recorded himself fighting a mock battle with a golf ball retriever lightsaber. Over two minutes, the video shows the lone, overweight teenager twirling his mock lightsaber ever faster while making his own accompanying sound effects. Yes, we've all had our dorky, private moments, but this poor kid is living the nightmare of having his private dorkiness projected across the world to giggling Web users. His friends found the tape, and uploaded it to KaZaA as a joke on April 19. Within two weeks, someone had added full Star Wars special effects and sound effects to the tape. Currently, new clone videos are being created at the rate of 1 per day!" ~ http://www.jedimaster.net

  5. The End Result
  6. You may paste several YouTube videos at a time. If you do so properly, your post will look like this:

    This video is hilarious. Check it out.

    "The Star Wars Kid was just goofing off at school. Now he finds his private performance downloaded by over 15 million Internet users across the world. The Star Wars Kid is a 15-year-old from Quebec known only as Ghyslain -- his parents are keeping his last name secret to protect his identity. Back in November 2002, Ghyslain was goofing off at a school video studio and recorded himself fighting a mock battle with a golf ball retriever lightsaber. Over two minutes, the video shows the lone, overweight teenager twirling his mock lightsaber ever faster while making his own accompanying sound effects. Yes, we've all had our dorky, private moments, but this poor kid is living the nightmare of having his private dorkiness projected across the world to giggling Web users. His friends found the tape, and uploaded it to KaZaA as a joke on April 19. Within two weeks, someone had added full Star Wars special effects and sound effects to the tape. Currently, new clone videos are being created at the rate of 1 per day!" ~ http://www.jedimaster.net

  7. Do Not Embed
  8. Debate.org currently does not support HTML or embedding objects. As such, pasting the object parameters will not work. Here's an example of what not to copy and paste:

    <object width="425" height="344">
    <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/3GJOVPjhXMY&hl=en&fs=1">
    </param>
    <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true">
    </param>
    <embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/3GJOVPjhXMY&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344">
    </embed>
    </object>