Please denote which links are videos in your email newsletters
This probably isn't the right place for this, but I'm not finding a more appropriate venue:
I really wish that you'd let me know in your newsletters which links are videos. The only videos I sometimes watch are Chow tips, because my bandwidth is limited. I have satellite internet, all that's available here, and if I go over a certain amount per day, they cap my speed to less than dial up rates for 24 hours. So video is the exception, not the rule.
In today's newsletter, I clicked 4 links (with the teaser "Read More"), and three of them were videos, and none of them were Chow Tips video, which is at least denoted with "Chow Video Team" and "Tip".
On your web pages, at least, it's obvious. :)
I like videos sometimes, but I'd really like to be warned so I don't waste my time when it's not an option.
On a separate note, I wish your Chow Tips videos didn't automatically advance to the next video then the next one, then the next one. A few times now I've accidentally left the page open after viewing one, or viewed pages on another tab, and come back to find out I was capped because of the page automatically advancing through the whole series. Having to explain to my long distance employer why I wasn't able to work that day, once I'm capped, isn't fun. lol
I'm a web developer - you should never continually stream/autorun video after video on a web page like that. It's bad form for web pages: your user asked for a particular video, not the entire contents of your video folder. (By the way, I'm a tired, grumpy web developer, as I just worked all night migrating a server, databases and 5 websites, so perhaps take some of this post with a grain of kosher salt. :)
Thanks for mentioning this. I dislike the auto advance on video as well. Further, it makes it very difficult to use the social media sharing buttons since I want to watch the whole thing before sharing it. The screen advances and hitting the back button does not put me on the page and url I want, so I will not share because I can't get to the right page without six or seven tries.
re: Melanie Wong
I finally just gave up and unsubscribed from all Chow newsletters. :(
Maybe they should rename them "Video-letters".
The newsletters are usually what initially brings me to the site to look around (and then of course, I get sucked in for two hours). Guess I'll just have to try to remember to drop by once in a while.