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YouTube Guidelines
Overview of community YouTube practices and admin responsibilities.

YouTube Channel Guidelines

YouTube serves as primary means of distribution for recorded Kubernetes community content including Zoom recordings, official project Workshops and Contributor Summit sessions.

Code of Conduct

Kubernetes adheres to the Kubernetes Code of Conduct throughout the project, and includes all communication mediums.


Meeting Playlists

The Kubernetes YouTube Channel has separate playlists for each SIG, WG, UG meeting recordings, as well as recordings of other recurring events such as the Kubernetes Community meeting, Office Hours, Meet our Contributors and others.

Subprojects, in addition to SIGs, WGs, UGs may request their own playlists to better target their contributors and increase general discoverability.

To better serve the community, collaboration has been enabled to share the management of the playlists. Anyone with the appropriate link to the particular playlist can upload videos to that particular playlist (links & playlists are one-to-one).

Each group's playlist link will be shared with the group's leadership via Slack and the group leadership Google Group. Other playlists links, for example Office Hours, will be shared with the appropriate point(s) of contact.

Uploading Guidelines for Collaborators

NOTE: If you're using a G Suite account you may need to loosen the permissions in your YouTube settings. If you have any questions reach out to the YouTube admins or SIG Contributor Experience.

NOTE: Both public and private steering meeting recordings should be made public.

With collaboration comes great responsibility. Playlist collaborators in the community must use it responsibly and are subject to the following guidelines:

  • Group leaders or other appropriate point(s) of contact are the primary managers for the playlist, once collaboration is configured. YouTube admins should only be contacted if the issue cannot be resolved by one of the playlist owners.

  • Upload responsibilities belong to the group leaders or other appropriate point(s) of contact. YouTube admins should only be contacted if the issue cannot be resolved by the playlist owners.

  • Please post only related content; for example: meeting recordings, in the appropriate playlists.

    • Posting of any exceedingly inappropriate content (i.e. NSFW content) will result in immediate suspension of privileges.
  • All posted videos should use the naming convention: Kubernetes [Name of Playlist’s Group] YYYYMMDD

    • Example: Kubernetes SIG Service Catalog 20161129
  • Playlists should be organized chronologically for ease of use. This can be done by updating the default ordering of the Playlist:

    • From within the Playlist settings, click on the Basic Tab.
    • From the Ordering dropdown select "Date added (newest)".
    • Save the changes and the order should automatically be updated.
  • Please do not remove any already-published content from the playlists without checking with the YouTube admins.

  • For any small issues that arise, for example improper naming or ordering, you may be asked by the YouTube admins to attempt to resolve the issue yourself.

  • Any egregious or habitual violations (3 or more per quarter) of the above rules will result in suspension of collaboration privileges for the particular individual or for the entire playlist if the individual can’t be identified.

    • If an individual is suspended, the playlist link will be remade and the new link will be shared with the non-offending individuals.
    • If playlist collaboration is suspended, the uploading and management of the playlist will be handled by the YouTube admins. Uploading the problematic group's playlist will not be considered a priority, and delays in uploading should be expected.

Admin Responsibilities

Purpose: Help maintain a robust YouTube channel that is valuable to contributors and upholds our transparency goals as laid out by our governance docs.

Moderator Expectations and Guidelines

Moderators should adhere to the general Kubernetes project moderation guidelines.

Moderation responsibilities for YouTube admins is minimal and is centered around checking and removing any potential comments that would violate the Code of Conduct. Any potential violations should sent to

Trimming and Editing Recordings

YouTube admins are asked to help trim and edit recordings that come into the video queue.
Certain events such as the Contributor Summits are not uploaded directly to YouTube and require editing. A Zoom recording may have significant dead-space leading the meeting itself and also at the end as we end the stream.
A SIG Meeting needs to be edited to to make sure it's clear (ie "Kubernetes Special Interest Group ContribEx 20190303 Meeting").

Make sure to save a copy of the video first before making adjustments as this can delete the original if not careful. When in doubt, ask.


We have been playing around with various integration features with our other productivity tools and would love to do more! Reach out if you can help.

One feature that we've implemented with several SIGs is This tool creates a pipeline between zoom and youtube.

Here's what you need:

  • UserName and Password for the zoom license account. You'll need a zoom admin or the admin of the license (ex: SIG Chair) to either provide it to you or reset it to a new one.
  • Kubernetes YouTube admin credentials
  • A correctly set up recurring meeting with a start and end time (this is important) - check zoom guidelines for more details


  • Install splain:
  • Connect the zoom account
  • Connect YouTube account
  • Click the manage tab next to App Info and scroll to the config button, click
  • The splain dashboard will display: make sure the box for make videos private is checked so we can edit before it goes live.
  • Test that it works
  • Enjoy

The following SIGs and groups are currently running

The main zoom admin account which holds Meet Our Contributors and others (if you log in to splain using this account, all of the other accounts will be logged here)

TODO - look into's google drive to youtube pipeline. Also look into using the gsuite contributors@ account to use the API for zoom cloud -> google drive -> youtube.

Descriptions & Playlists

Each video that comes into the queue needs to be added to a playlist, set to public, and added context to the description.

Example description:
Kubernetes Contributor Experience Special Interest Group Weekly Meeting. Check here (link to sig list) for a complete list of SIGs and when they meet. Join us!

Please note the following items:

  • The date must be in title and description
  • The date format must be YYYYMMDD
  • The section titled Is this video made for kids? should not be altered for search reasons

Below are a good and incorrect example:

  • Incorrect description: Data Protection WG Bi-Weekly Meeting for 2/26/2020
  • Correct description: Data Protection WG Bi-Weekly Meeting for 20200226

A short video tutorial of the editing of descriptions and playlists can be found here:


TODO - someone help us with better thumbnails to lay over the videos!

Streaming Events

YouTube admins with a system capable of streaming may be asked to stream public Kubernetes Community events such as the weekly Community Meeting, Office Hours, Meet our Contributors, or other publicly streamed events. For detailed information about streaming, see our Streaming Config