Publishing is the process where an accepted submission gets made into a permanent publication on the site. This process includes encoding the run to site standards and creating the movie page with all the necessary data. Both publishers and encoders can create encodes, but only publishers are able to create publication pages. A related task is re-encoding, in which publishers or encoders create higher quality videos for older TASes.
If you are interested in encoding or publishing for the site, contact fsvgm777, the current Senior Publisher.
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.
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, a member of staff (again, usually the senior publisher) will remove the role until such a time as they can follow the standards.
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;
- Encodes made for at least 3 publications from the Workbench;
- 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 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; and
- 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.
Senior Publishers are extremely experienced and involved Publishers that act as leads. They are expected to be the community leads on submission publishing and the standards they're expected to meet.
Senior Publishers take on additional roles alongside publishing:
- Making decisions on modifications of the Publisher guidelines.
- Appointing and training new Publishers and Encoders, as well as setting standards and examples for how Publishers and Encoders should act.
- Making sure the current Publisher team is running smoothly by being around to offer help with difficult submissions.
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