First of all, thanks for this article Code. It was a good read
I'll like to give some comments about YouTube:
When I first made an amv several years ago, I didn't know about the org or YouTube, it passed a lot (and I mean it) to discover YouTube. I had great expectations about YouTube, since by that time my goal was to show all my stuff, obviously I thought that stuff was the best of the best until I started meeting other editors.
I'll like to mention a certain editor that belongs to this community and I think I'll be always grateful with him. And that guy is AikiNick. I recommend this guy as betatester.
When I first met him he gave me a detailed feedback, that by that time I didn't appreciate it. I was like: How dare you?!
It's the case of several editors I know from YouTube. I was the responsable of the retirement of a famous AMVer in YouTube, since he asked feedback for a vid, and even when his people says that he could win the Japan Expo, in the commens I said the opposite. I literally crush him since I detailed every flaw present in the video, so the guy stopped talking with me, he announced his retirement, but fortunately returned back. After that time, he seemed to have reflexed about the importance of feedback.
I always tell everybody I know: My purpose at giving feedback in videos is not to discourage you, but to help you since that's the purpose of the feedback. In YouTube I tend to do it so I got some 'guys' that 'love' me a lot
It's not like YouTube it's so bad that you should burn it. YouTube is like a 'window' to promote the org itself. I like to read comments like: I went to the org thanks to this AMV. Didn't know about this site, so I joined
ANd to mention that I realized about the org thanks to YouTube. Otherwise I would have discovered it by searching anime but probably would have taken more time.
It also depends how you use it: If you want to promote your stuff, YouTube is good, considering you'll have chances to get commenters that will share your job with other people. In the case of the org, the org is good in terms of feedback, considering it will be hard to find a detailed feedback in YouTube (nor impossible)
I find funny some comments there. Some guys there even talk like if they were directors of famous movies, and I mean it. Even in the org I haven't found yet anybody that comments like if they feel in authority to call 'lame' a singer or anime and then say stuff like 'I can sing that song better'.
The funniest fact is that some commenters there uses the ratings like a kind of menace against an editor. 'You can give me 1 if you want, yes I mean it. Only for you that rating will be more important than life'