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/