Looking Towards 2021 - 1/12/2021

Hey everyone,

Happy new year! As we move into 2021, we’ve got a lot of things in the pipeline for Speedrun.com, as well as a good amount of ground we’ve already covered.

What’s Happened So Far?

New Logo & Color Update

As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve had a bit of a refresh on our logo and color scheme. We tried to stay as true to the original design as possible while still vectorizing the logo, and we hope you’ll grow to love the adjustment as much as we have.

Front Page Request Form

We heard a lot of feedback asking us to diversify the content on the front page, and we’re thrilled to announce the Front Page Request Form (Beta Program). If you’ve got a marathon, a speedrun show, a TAS premiere, etc, we want to hear about it. As it’s a beta program, we are still working out the policies on the type of content we’ll accept, as well as the length of each reservation, but we’re super excited to be able to leverage the front page as a place to promote cool community content.

Community Feature Program

We’re also looking to start doing some written features on communities, runners, and other cool aspects of speedrunning. If you have a community/runner/topic you’d like to nominate, feel free to fill out our form here! Have a question? Feel free to reach out to our content expert at chelsea@elo.io.

Minor Externally Facing Updates

  • Donation perks have been turned on for everyone (except the Coin Badge)
  • The bug has been fixed barring users with unique characters from editing their profiles
  • A page will no longer 404 if a game moderator cancels rejecting a run
  • The rejection window is now larger so game moderators can add more detail
  • Users can list their pronouns on their profiles
  • Author names are no longer listed twice for guides
  • The ZeldaSpeedRuns social badge now links to the correct site
  • Mixer has been removed from social profiles
  • The Mississippi flag has been updated
  • The search bug causing incorrect search results has been fixed
  • Forum posts that have been edited will be marked as ‘edited’ with the date
  • Direct messages are capped at 10,000 characters
  • Image uploads are capped at 2.5 MB to speed up load time for pages
  • Users can no longer send stacking messages to themselves

Full And Content Moderator Applications Are Open

These are always open as we’re looking to grow our volunteer base, but we wanted to shout it out in case anyone was interested in joining in the new year. The application can be found here.

What's Next?

We’ve got a few things planned for the next year, and we wanted to give you a look at some of the user-facing items next up on our current road map. Our main priority is continuing to optimize the site to handle traffic as it increases, but we also have some features planned in the coming months.

  • Updated News Page with better archiving
  • Knowledge Base for helping new runners and moderators get started
  • Announcements functionality on each game page for game moderators to use
  • Optional featured YouTube videos on the game pages
  • Updated Moderator Tools

As always, if you have any feedback feel free to drop it in the Speedrun.com Feedback Form, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Cheers,

Alicen "LewisAndSpark" Lewis

Community Announcement and Site Maintenance - 11/18/2020

Hi everyone,

This is just a mini update, but we wanted to give everyone a heads-up on some work we’ll be doing in the next month or two.

DONATION PERKS

We know a lot of people have been asking how they can unlock the donator perks since we’ve turned off donations, and we’re very excited to announce that they will be unlocked for everyone starting today! The only perk that will not be unlocked is the Coin Badge, but anyone who donated during Pac’s time running SR.C will keep the Coin Badge. The hover text will now say ‘Original Donor’ as a thank you for the support.

SITE BUGS

Over the next two months we’ll be addressing a lot of site bugs, including the milliseconds formatting bug, the 404 window when you try to cancel rejecting a run bug, and some search bugs. This is not a full list, and we’ll update everyone in the winter update on the progress we’ve made.

SITE MAINTENANCE

We continue to be hard at work on backend changes to make the site run smoother, and in order to complete some of those tasks we’ll need to temporarily bring the site into read-only mode for a few hours in the next couple of weeks. We’ll be tweeting and have a banner on the SR.C home page to notify people when it’s closer to the date, and we apologize for any inconvenience it might cause.

I’ve been reading all the feedback we’ve received through the feedback form and making sure it’s all logged in the proper place, so thank you all again for helping contribute to the improvement of the site! I’m especially interested in any feedback on the moderator tools as we’ve started planning the updates for that tool set, so if you haven’t sent that in yet, I’d love any opinions you may have.

Cheers,

Alicen "LewisAndSpark" Lewis

Community Announcement - 10/13/2020

Hey all!

So some of you may have already heard from Pac’s post over in the forums, but we have some exciting news that we’re announcing today. When Speedrun.com was first started by Pac in 2013, it was a labor of love created by volunteers passionate about the speedrunning community. As the website grew, Pac with the help of others continued to develop features to best serve both runners and moderators. What no one could have predicted was the sheer popularity of the site, and especially with the recent boom during pandemic it became harder than ever to keep up with the growing community’s needs.

In order to meet those needs, Pac worked with Elo on an acquisition so that Elo could start providing the full-time engineering resources necessary to stabilize the site and continue to fix and develop the tools used by moderators and runners. We've already gotten started on stabilizing the infrastructure, and some of you may have noticed you’ve been seeing the error page far less often lately. While the community will continue to be run through the expertise of the Full Mods, Content Mods, and Game Moderators, Elo has committed itself to updating the tech infrastructure so that the site can continue to grow in a scalable manner and bugs can be addressed.

To start, we’ve been working with the Full Mods and Content Mods on the most urgent fixes, such as activation emails not going through or the site going down. Some other milestones on our road map include:

  • Updated run submission and moderator tools
  • Faster search
  • The ability to back up boards and prevent accidental permanent deletion
  • A long list of bug fixes

This is just a snapshot of our plans, and it will take us into 2021 as we do a lot of behind the scenes work, but we want to make sure that you know that we’re committed to transparently addressing community needs and providing the best resources we can for the growth of speedrunning communities.To start, we also wanted to provide a way for you to have your voice heard, and we’ve created this feedback form for your hopes and dreams for the site.

As someone who’s been watching speedruns for years (you can learn more about me on Pac’s forum post), I’m sincerely looking forward to working with you all and excited to build tools for a community that is incredibly important to me. Be sure to keep an eye on this space for additional updates as we work on the road map and start on the bug fixes and features to keep Speedrun.com strong!

- LewisAndSpark (Alicen Lewis)

P.S. Want to join my team? We’re currently hiring for Senior and Intermediate Developer roles to specifically work on SR.C! Learn more and apply at our job posting here - https://apply.workable.com/elo/