3 days ago, Google changed the HTML of YouTube to not include the words "like 132" "dislike 10" etc. Now the ratings values of videos are encrypted in unsearchable buttons:

<img src="https://s.ytimg.com/yts/img/pixel-vfl3z5WfW.gif" class="yt-uix-button-icon yt-uix-button-icon-watch-like yt-sprite" alt="I like this"></span><span class="yt-uix-button-content">238,315 </span></button>

I had a Google Search hack for YouTube: I would search:

"like 100..200" "dislike 0..2" Moog site:youtube.com

I loved typing that phrase as I found some truly amazing results using it that I could never find using YouTube's awkward "ratings filter".

However, Google has now changed YouTube and purged Google search of all old YouTube pages.

How can I search old versions so I can do my YouTube ratings search hack?

  • I am a little confused as to what you want to do. You want to google search based on how many likes/dislikes a video has?
    – Shahar
    Aug 3 '14 at 16:33
  • Yes. I want to still search YouTube sites by rating. For example, i can search Discogs.com for albums with 4.95, it's fun. However, since recently, YouTube has deleted ratings information from all it's search results, so i would like any solution to still do equivalent of google search : "like 100..200" "dislike 0" videotopic site:youtube.com Aug 4 '14 at 4:41
  • When I search that I still see in the description "Likes # Dislikes #" etc., except that Google doesn't search for the exact combination. By the way, what are the 3 dots for?
    – Shahar
    Aug 4 '14 at 23:57
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    At the top of the search page it will say "No results were found ... etc" whereas previously there were 100's of results! .. is google range, so "photo 1880..1930" in google images will return a range. Before i was getting lots of results of this kind: youtube.com/watch?v=ZPmMqxf3nNI and youtube.com/watch?v=4gViHMT8wks Aug 5 '14 at 7:57
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    archive.org perhaps?
    – user5676
    Oct 16 '14 at 18:24

To search for old versions of webpages you should use a search engine that index archived web pages like https://archive.org/advancedsearch.php.

Example of search query for youtube web pages: collection:(youtube.com) AND mediatype:(web)

  • Thanks, i tried that at the time and again now, the result is that i get about 72 pages from YT prior to 2015, so it's as if YT was not recorded on archive.org Jan 1 '16 at 13:09

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