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Judging is the part of the publication process where the submission is looked at and it is evaluated whether or not it follows the Movie Rules, what Class the movie falls under, and whether it meets the qualifications for that class. This process is performed by Judges, Senior Judges, and sometimes Admins. In this process, a Judge first claims the submission for judgment to avoid having other judges look at the same movie redundantly. They then do any necessary research, including but not limited to watching the movie, potentially testing the game themselves, and asking for feedback. If improvements pop up, it must be decided whether or not it should either be resubmitted or whether it is acceptable to replace the submission file with the improvement. Once any necessary research is performed and the conversation and improvements have settled down, the judge makes a decision, with a judgment note describing the reasoning behind the decision.
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 are the people who decide which movie content ends up being present on the site.
- Experience with high-level TASing that involves diversity of skills and games and keen understanding of optimization.
- This helps with checking for obvious improvements and providing helpful insight on them. TASing experience allows a Judge to distinguish between suboptimal and optimal play without demanding unreasonable efforts on behalf of the authors.
- Being a nice, active, and helpful member 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. Judges should be able to communicate with people in a friendly manner, ask and answer questions, clarify anything people are confused about, and collect opinions.
- Joining our Discord server is a requirement to be able to participate in community and staff discussions.
- Being ready 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 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 by judges.
- Proper understanding of all the rules, guidelines, and approaches that are applied to the movies being judged.
- Nothing in the rules should feel unexpected, unclear, unreasonable to a judge. Judging is not a lottery, it is a trial that should be reproducible regardless of participants. It should only depend on the initial conditions and how those are handled by the rules.
- Sometimes we have to deal with cases that uncover flaws or lack of clarity in the rules themselves. Instead of blindly enforcing these rules, consider how they could change to better reflect what the community wants, and what we can provide to them in turn.
Senior Judges are extremely experienced and involved judges that act as leads. They are expected to be the community leads on submission processing and the rules behind them.
Senior Judges take on additional roles alongside judging:
- Making decisions on modifications of the movie rules.
- Collecting and considering all feedback towards the rules to come to a conclusion on how to best implement this feedback onto the site, so that as many people as possible are confident with the results.
- Hiring and training new Judges, as well as setting standards and examples for how Judges should act.
- Making sure the current Judge team is running smoothly by being around to offer help with difficult submissions.
- Sub pages, see below: