Adding a feature to a site requires some investigation into community interest and to use cases. Here's a successful example. In that case the feature was MathJax and the issue was load time and server overhead or something to that effect. It took about 16 months!

I'm wondering if there is interest in adding the ability to view in-line YouTube videos to posts here in Astronomy SE? There is a certain level of parity between Space SE and Astronomy SE and I'm always surprised when embedded videos show there but don't show here. Latest example, probably not the best use case though

I'm curious if there is any interest in looking into adding the YouTube viewer here. Since it seems it can take a long time to do this, consider that we're talking about how we envision the future of the site and the field of Astronomy, and the astronomical data and content available in the future, and not only experience in the past.

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I'm going to hazard a guess that since this has a net score of 10 currently, which is an ample amount for Astronomy meta, the community is generally interested in this.

I could see it being useful in some cases as a visual aid for things that can be kind of hard to envision from a textual description, especially where a novice might not know what is being described in technical terms and a simpler explanation would require a lengthy detour from the main text.


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