If you've ever made your way across the endless wasteland that is YouTube
, chances are you've come across a variety of seemingly "stuck" videos. They have thousands of likes or dislikes
while seeming to have a mere 301 or similar number of views
. YouTube user numberphile
has tracked down the reason behind it. And there's a good explanation: YouTube verifies anything above 300 views
to their strict standards of legitimacy. But why is 301 so popular rather than 300? That traces back to an errant less-than-or-equal-to sign
used in the code to count the views. It's a bit more complicated than that, sure, but ultimately a single decision made 301 become a number of note on the internet.