I notice that the YouTube field of the BBS profile only accepts alphanumeric characters, and whatever is entered becomes a link of the form www.youtube.com/<alphanumericfield>. I'm mostly ignorant of how this part of YouTube works, but my understanding is that not everyone can reserve a youtube.com/<alphanumericfield> URL. You need a certain number of followers, have qualifying channel art, etc. Everyone gets a www.youtube.com/channel/<randomlyassignedalphanumeric> channel URL, but I can't enter that into my BBS profile and get a working link.
There's some history with G+ URLs that I've forgotten the details of. It looks like anyone can reserve a www.youtube.com/c/<alphanumericfield> URL. At least I have one, not sure how. But I can't enter that in either.
I think the YouTube profile field needs to accept more values and/or provide hints in the profile form on how to link a profile to a channel.
It's a BBS bug that I filed in 2018. At the time, not everyone could have a custom channel URL, and the field wouldn't accept anything else to produce a working channel link.
I believe Ahai64 is correct and custom channel URLs are now generally available without channel performance requirements. The PICO-8 profile field accepts all of the characters after the "@" and produces a working URL in the form: https://www.youtube.com/XXXX So there's probably no longer an issue.
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