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Samsara
She/They
Experienced Forum User, Senior Judge, Skilled player (1687)
Joined: 11/13/2006
Posts: 2501
Location: Northern California
Exotic platforms TAS of 2020Sega TAS of 2016
TASvideos has evolved greatly over the past year. We've gotten a new site, new administration, new rules and systems for our content, and we even managed to add an S onto that ol' HTTP. With the amount of positive change and additions we've made lately, it's only natural that we need to reach out to people to help us with the increased workflow. Therefore, from now on, TASvideos will be permanently calling for contributors, including staff positions! There's no formal application or anything. "Applications" (read: DMs saying "hey i'm interested!") will always be accepted even if there are no available positions, so don't hesitate to reach out! We'll be keeping track of everyone who's interested and will contact them if spots become available. Qualifications and points of contact will be maintained both in this thread and on the Contributions wiki page, which is like this thread but formatted differently! All positions, staff included, are unpaid volunteer positions. We do this for fun, and because we love this hobby, this site, and the community, but we all have lives outside of the site, and those lives always take precedence over the ones we can sacrifice to save six seconds on that boss fight.
Open Positions Judges Publishers Encoders Contributions Site Developers Editors
Senior Staff Site Admins: Memory and feos Site Owner/Lead Developer: adelikat Admin Assistant: Noxxa Senior Judge: Samsara Senior Publisher: fsvgm777 Senior Ambassador: dwangoAC
Staff Positions and Qualifications Staff members all represent TASvideos. As such, they are expected to be active, friendly, and helpful members of the community above all else. Judging 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. Judges lead the community in setting the rules and standards that submissions must meet and follow. All Judges are expected to follow the Judge Guidelines, which Samsara still desperately needs to rewrite because they are outdated ._. 1. Judges need experience with high-level TASing and a keen understanding of optimization. TASing experience allows a Judge to distinguish between suboptimal and optimal play without demanding unreasonable efforts on behalf of the authors. High-level knowledge of the workflow gives Judges a keen eye for recognizing where improvements can and should be made in submissions, as well as how to implement those improvements. You are not required to have published runs to become a Judge, though having them is recommended as an easy way to prove your experience. 2. Judges must be nice, active, and helpful members of the community. Judges should be prepared to work with not just the rest of the staff team, but the whole TASVideos community at large. You must be able to communicate with people in a friendly manner, ask and answer questions, clarify anything people are confused about, and collect a variety of opinions, coming to the conclusion that best serves the community. TASers make our site exist, so the main goal of a Judge is to understand and support their best interests by respecting their work, encouraging them to do more cool things, and satisfying their needs through staff activity. If you are not already in our Discord server, joining it is a requirement in order to engage with the community and keep up with staff discussions. 3. Judges must be ready and able to set up and run emulators of variety of systems. As the time goes by, more and more systems become TASable. It is important to know how to deal with their emulators, because more and more submissions of their games will hit the queue. Some emulators have not been designed with user friendliness in mind, and some effort is required to replay movies on them. We do not want such exotic emulators to be neglected. 4. Judges must have a proper understanding of all the rules, guidelines, and approaches that are applied to the movies being judged. There will be submissions that challenge the rules and guidelines we have created, so understanding them is a must for a Judge. However, a proper understanding of our rules does not mean they must be followed in all cases. Nothing in the rules should feel unclear or unreasonable to a Judge, so they are expected to speak up in those cases. Always consider how a rule could change to better reflect the needs of the TASers. If you are interested in becoming a Judge, contact Samsara, the current Senior Judge. You can also find her at Literally This Post That You Are Reading.
Encoding and Publishing The Encoder role denotes one who has permission to add their own encodes to current and obsolete publications. They adhere to the Encoder Guidelines without oversight. Encoders are not considered staff, though the position often leads to becoming a Publisher. To be assigned the Encoder role, an encoder must demonstrate the following:
  • An ability to consistently produce encodes that meet the encoding standards (around 3-4 to begin with is usually sufficient).
  • A thorough understanding of the Encoder Guidelines and familiarity with the Encoding Guide, in particular the sections in the publication manual related to encoding and the encode filenames, as well as uploading to Archive and YouTube (on TASVideosChannel)
  • 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)
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 start off as Encoders, and as such are expected to have met those qualifications, as well as the following:
  • Encodes made for at least 3 publications from the Workbench
  • The ability to select and compress movie screenshots and to write a basic movie description (or recruit assistance from editors to do so)
  • The desire and willingness to publish movies at a consistent pace: it is not required to publish a large quantity of publications but they should happen somewhat regularly
  • Good relations with the TASVideos community - as staff members, Publishers are expected to be well-behaved and significant contributors to the community in general
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 image of TASVideos should be that a new publication is of a certain standard and is presented and promoted well. If you are interested in encoding or publishing for the site, contact fsvgm777, the current Senior Publisher.
Contributor Support Roles These roles are not explicitly staff, though they may be given extra privileges that elevate them above normal users. Contributors are expected to be active and helpful members of the community, not misusing their privileges. Site Developers Site Developers contibute code to the site through the site's Github. Anyone can contribute code at any time, and those with C# development experience are encouraged to help out in any way they can. If you are interested in a more active and constant development role for the site, contact adelikat, the Site Owner and lead Site Developer. Editors Editors help maintain the site wiki, cleaning up and updating game information, fixing formatting errors and typos, and whatever else they can find. Creating game pages for submissions with no game listing and adding rom hashes to game listings currently without are currently high priorities. If you are interested in becoming an Editor, contact Memory or feos, the Site Admins.
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