Ratings of a YouTube video tell you if it’s popular; they don’t necessarily tell you if a video is going to be interesting. Interest is obviously subjective to your taste and the ratings serve only to show you the general opinion for each video. To see if it’s something that would interest you, you have to watch it yourself. If you aren’t up for wasting time like that, give Youtube™ Preview a try. It’s a Chrome extension that lets you preview frames of a video without having to play it. When you move your mouse over a video’s thumbnail, it expands slightly to reveal a compact media player. Frames from the video are then played, giving you a glimpse of what’s going on in a video. There is no audio support, but the frames should be sufficient to help you determine whether a video would interest you (and save you from being rickrolled). The extension can prove to be particularly useful for videos that have not yet been rated, or ones that have roughly the same upvotes and downvotes.
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