I don’t think the article changes in any meaningful way when it goes live.
Junk DNA! with Dr. Fazale Rana - YouTube is currently in the same state, it seems to have started happening a lot which either means a change in YouTube’s behaviour, or that it is summer and creators are pre-publishing a lot of content, but it comes up a lot now.
I’ve been adding them to Reeder’s “Read Later” (which is really just an internal Instapaper/Pocket, no reminders or anything, just a list). Unfortunately this makes Yet Another List I now need to supervise, and more than once I gave up on my entire Instapaper backlog which defeats the point. I stopped using read-later services as a result.
I think what would work best for this particular situation is just bringing the article (video) back as Unread later, that way it would appear in my usual list of videos and usual workflow. I could be re-dated or not, I don’t care, and keeping the original date seems simpler to implement. I’d be just as happy if you detected this state and just didn’t show me the video at all until it publishes, but for people who would want the advanced notice so they can join the moment it “premiers”, they might not like that behaviour. I’m indifferent, I just want a list of content I can consume now.
I’d use “remind me about this article” for other things if it were generic, for example, advanced notices of software releases (same idea, they’re telling me now about something I can’t have until tomorrow).
YouTube has a ‘Remind Me” which technically does what I want, except I simply don’t trust it given that YouTube has made subscriptions so unreliable that I need third party apps to follow the creators that I want. In fact when I did try it YouTube “reminded” me of the video before I could actually watch it anyway — They’re desperate for anything that brings someone to the site, because they can give you a “Well, you can’t watch this yet, but while you’re here…” and the reality is that I get sucked into that hole when I would actually prefer not, so I am trying to structure my content consumption.
I can just throw stuff into my task organizer too, it’s just more steps than I’d like, and again has the “multiple places to look for one thing” problem.
It might be too niche to be worth it for NewsBlur, but given that you already have special handling for YouTube I guess I’m not the only one using Newsblur in this way.