RT @email@example.com: If climate change was a terrorist organization, America would instantly spend $2 trillion to fight it, and nobody would ask “how are you going to pay for it?”
Though I'm not entirely against the system: I think upvote/downvote systems might encourage people to give more time for more deeply considering aligned perspectives, which is on occasion useful for certain people such as the unconfident atheists described in https://slatestarcodex.com/2013/06/09/all-debates-are-bravery-debates/.
I wonder if the upvote and downvote buttons on everything in sites like Reddit encourage your mind to quickly identify itself as being solidly for or against everything it sees, therefore giving less time for people to seriously consider outside perspectives and causing an increase of tribal and us-vs-them antagonistic behavior.
If anyone else finds themselves in this situation: You can use youtube-dl's extract audio option to download the audio of a YouTube video, and then use VLC's Tools -> Media Information menu to manually set the file's metadata (name, artist, album, etc) so all your media players recognize the file's info. (Most media players don't edit the metadata stored directly in the actual song file.)
I'm frustrated at how many music artists only have their work on streaming services like YouTube or SoundCloud with no way to buy or download their music. I just want to pay them money to get some mp3/oggs, but I guess they don't want that.
This seems to be a bafflingly common problem in the "epic trailer soundtrack" genre. I guess their main market is movie studios that will get in touch with them, but it's frustrating as a consumer that loves that background music while working on things.
A great example of algorithms solving the wrong problem, via @janellecshane https://twitter.com/JanelleCShane/status/1016448801375055872/