"But I need YouTube for discovery reasons!"
Remember the way back when? The long long ago? You'd share a funny flash video by **copying the URL and sending it to a friend**? Remember when that's how your content went viral?
If people aren't linking your content to their friends, it's not good.
Newer content creators are focusing on comments and likes, signals for **YouTube's algorithm** to show it to more people. How about optimizing for real, actual virility?