Tool-assisted game movies
When human skills are just not enough


This page sets out the duties of the various user roles on the site. Users can hold multiple roles. If you are interested in seeing who hold these roles currently, consult the Users page; for specific site privileges, consult Privileges.

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The site administrators are responsible for the overall maintenance of the site. They are responsible for ensuring the continued operation of the server and the software - including the site itself, the BitTorrent tracker, the IRC Channel and its bot.

Administrators also have administrative access to the forums.


The vice-administrative roles are trusted users responsible for the operation of specific divisions of the site. They hold some administrative responsibilities and are responsible for the oversight of other staff members and contributors.

The vice-administrators collectively follow the Admin Guidelines.

These roles are typically not on an "ask" basis. They are picked on a need basis from existing staff members who have been helping TASVideos in a positive way for a long time.

Vice-admins must be


The senior role is always assigned in conjunction with the judge role or the publisher role, and effectively grants them oversight over judges or publishers as appropriate. They are generally appointed from the ranks of experienced judges/publishers, and themselves have the authority to assign these roles to other users (assuming they have the privilege themselves).

In the case of conflicts between the audience, judges, or publishers, or of conflicting judge opinions, the senior judges/publishers have the final say.

Admin assistant

Admin assistants are responsible for most other aspects of the site that do not relate to the submission and publication process; they maintain the wiki, previous publications, and (in some cases) other aspects of the site database. They are entrusted with the ability to appoint new editors and are responsible for their oversight.

Candidates for admin assistants are experienced wiki editors, and have a broad knowledge of the site and its structure as a whole. Experience in SQL and database management (and possibly phpMyAdmin) is also desirable.


The site staff are on the forefront of the movie submission and publication process; they collectively handle a submission from when it first appears in the queue to when it appears on the front page.


Judges are members of the site experienced with the process of creating tool-assisted speedruns that have been entrusted with the responsibility of approving or rejecting movies that have been submitted to the site.

Judges follow the Judge Guidelines.

Judges need:

  • Experience with high-precision TAS making, namely, a minimum of 8 published movies and at least Skilled player rank (Expert player is preferred) - if one does not have experience, one can not judge accurately;
  • A good record of watching, voting, and making helpful/informative posts on submissions;
  • Experience watching and/or making a variety of games on a variety of platforms;
  • A reputation for good TAS work, and general good community relations (as expected of any staff member); and
  • A TASVideos homepage, which will be assigned by an admin when promoted to judge.


Once a run has been accepted, publishers are responsible for assembling the materials necessary for the run to be widely accessible. In particular, they are responsible for approval of the high-quality video files that accompany any new publication; they also select screenshots and write movie descriptions for new movies.

Publishers follow the Publisher Guidelines, and are responsible for ensuring that videos conform to the Encoder Guidelines.

To be appointed a publisher, a user must have

  • A thorough understanding of the Encoder Guidelines and familiarity with the Encoding Guide;
  • An approved movie logo (Logo approval is at the discretion of the senior publisher or admin-level staff; for approval, a logo must meet requirements listed in the Encoder Guidelines - the logo history has some examples of approved logos);
  • The ability to make encodes that meet the Encoder Guidelines and TASVideos quality standards;
  • Movies encoded for at least three different platforms recently published[1] on TASVideos (to get an encode published you must get it into a publisher's hands; usually posting a mirror link (frequently on archive.org[2]) in the submission topic is good enough criteria to achieve this, but not a guarantee if other encoders have also posted their encodes);
  • The ability to create and seed BitTorrent files, and upload them at a decent rate;
  • The ability to select and compress movie screenshots;
  • The ability to write a basic movie description (or recruit assistance from editors to do so);
  • The ability to upload the published video to our Streaming Media sites (this requires having an account on at least one of these sites);
  • The desire and willingness to publish movies at a consistent pace (it is not required to publish a large quantity of publications but they must happen somewhat regularly, i.e. going 6 months without attempting a publication is not acceptable);
  • Good relations with the TASVideos community - as staff members, publishers are expected to be well-behaved and significant contributors to the community in general; and
  • A TASVideos homepage, which will be assigned when a user is promoted to publisher if one does not already exist.

In essence, a publisher must not only be able to make quality encodes but also put together a quality publication, including a nice screenshot, movie description, and streaming media uploads. The goal here is quality over quantity - the image of TASVideos should be that a new publication is of a certain standard and is presented and promoted well.


An editor is any site member that has expressed an interest in maintaining the site text; they have the ability to edit the site content. A subset of editors are vested editors, who have the additional ability to edit and maintain publications and move and delete pages.

Editors follow the Editor Guidelines.


The encoder role denotes one who has permission to add their own encodes to current and obsolete publications. They are capable of adhering to the Encoder Guidelines without oversight.

To be assigned the encoder role, an encoder must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the site staff (usually the senior publisher) that they are capable of consistently producing encodes that meet the encoding standards (around 3-4 to begin with is usually sufficient). Should an encoder subsequently demonstrate that they can no longer consistently adhere to the guidelines, an admin (again, usually the senior publisher) will remove the role until such a time as they can follow the standards.

See also

[1] In particular, your encode should be the first published primary encode for that movie.

[2] Please only upload an encode to archive.org after the run's accepted; if you're encoding a run before it's accepted, use mediafire or some other temporary file host in the meantime.

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Roles last edited by exileut on 2011-11-03 05:20:32
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