Re: youtube going downhill?
The only difference between the new youtube layout and the old layout is that the site is much easier to use and doesn't look like it was designed in 2002.
90% of the changes they made were to make the site more visually pleasing and the video player works much better.
The problems you have had with views have always existed, but you may be just now experiencing them.
The only real change they made to the site was the home page, which is now much easier to see new videos posted by your subscriptions.
I really don't understand why people are complaining.