SizzylSizzyl
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I'm gonna try to make a thread of FAQs that I can link instead of having to answer the same questions people tend to have that aren't really well outlined anywhere. I'll be editing the main post based on feedback. If anyone's got suggestions for questions or changing answers, just post them here so I can add them.

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What are some good games to begin speedrunning with / what games are good to run on (insert console here)?

There's no real exact answer to this, but I'll try giving some pointers. 99% of people get started either playing a game they like or watching a bunch of speedruns they like and attempting one of those watched runs themselves (this is how I got stated). Generally I'd try to play games that you already played/enjoy. It also helps if it's a popular/well-developed game such as SM64 or Super Mario Odyssey that have beginner and advance routes mapped out in detail that are easy to follow. Another great place to look can be this thread.

As for finding good games for a specific console,
Click the 'games' tab (red circle in photo) and then in the top left, where it says 'all platforms' (blue circle in photo), click on that and select the platform you want to speedrun on. Then you will see games ONLY from the platform ranked in how popular they are (generally more popular games are more fun to speedrun)
https://i.imgur.com/wUMdRY6.png

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Can I use SoDiuM or LitHIum in Minecraft? Or other game specific questions such as using a specific mod in a game.

First, check the game/category rules to see if they specify. Then, ask in the forums for the game you are asking about. If that doesn't get a response for 1-2 weeks, ask a mod. If they don't respond for around 1-2 months, see section 5 and go on from there.

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Can I run this game on (insert console here)?

Check the left side of that game's leaderboard (as seen in photo) to see if your console is supported. Most official releases of a game are supported by the boards. If it's still unclear, Ask in the forums for the game you are asking about.
https://i.imgur.com/Sw4mzQp.png

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Can I be a mod for (insert game title here)?

First off, 99% of games aren't looking to add mods, but it doesn't hurt to ask. You should ask in the game's forums or message the mod either on site or through one of their contact methods if this interests you. Generally you won't be accepted unless you prove yourself to be dedicated to running the game you want to mod, so try running the game a bit first if you haven't already. The only other way you'd be accepted as a mod is if FAQ section 5 or 6 are happening, in which case you might be able to declare yourself as a mod for a corrupt or inactive board, but those are pretty rare cases.

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Mods for (insert game title here) are inactive

First off, attempt to contact these mods if they are inactive (meaning your run hasn't been verified for 3+ weeks) through either the src messaging system or their linked social media. If there's no response for 1-2 weeks, go to the support hub and request to become a mod there and make sure you fill the requirements to become a game mod by clicking this text.

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A player or mod in this game is cheating!

If you think they cheated their run, ask them about it, it's probably just some glitches or game-tech that you simply haven't heard about or don't understand yet. Alternatively, ask on the forums for that game about how it was done, or ask the moderators of the game about that moment in the run through a forum post, or a direct message if they don't respond for a week or so (sometimes cheated runs DO slip through the cracks). If the mod refuses to remove a clearly cheated run or fails to explain how their run wasn't cheated, submit a ticket on the support hub by clicking this text.

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How do I record my game / what capture cards should I use?

This varies based on the platform being played on, however, recording with a phone is ALMOST ALWAYS allowed (it should be always allowed as long as your phone clearly shows the whole run, but there's like 1 or 2 communities out of the thousands on site that don't allow phone runs). Check out the recording guide megathread
in order to figure out a basic setup, and check out the recommended capture cards megathread if you need external hardware or software to record your device or just want to see what people recommend to use for recording.
Also, there's some good options in the site resources

Generally, there's either some software or a capture card that can be used to record a game. If nothing else, recording with a phone or camera propped up between two textbooks or something is almost always allowed as stated before. If you want to find cheaper alternatives, or what most people use, it can help to make a forum post in the game you plan on running, since people probably already found the best way to record whatever game you want to run, or like mentioned earlier, the recommended capture cards megathread.

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How do I time my runs?

Generally, this is done with external software such as LiveSplit (what I personally recommend if it's available for you). If it ISN'T available for your platform or you're having issues setting it up, LiveSplit One is a browser based version that essentially accomplishes the same thing, which can be useful. Otherwise, recommended software can be found at the resource page.
You can also ask about a good timer to use in your game's forums to get a game-specific response, as there are some pieces of software made specifically to time certain games (including timers that work automatically without you needing to press and buttons).

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There's no route for my game? What do I do?

Either ask someone in the community, watch another run, or you might have to find/make your own route!
Click here for a quick guide on how to make your own route (useful thread to read through).

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What are the rules for this website? How do I request new games?

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How do I change my username?

To change your Username, you can do so by heading to your settings here: https://www.speedrun.com/settings and choosing 'Username'. This can only be done once every 60 days. NOTE: Do not attempt to impersonate other users or staff members when changing your username, and do not use anything that can be considered distasteful. Everything is logged to site staff. Use common sense.

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How do I edit a verified run or a run I just submitted?

If you made a mistake when submitting a run, this can be corrected by first heading to this page: https://www.speedrun.com/pendingactions and selecting the run in question that you wish to amend. After selecting the run you will see a https://i.imgur.com/ZGeaa5q.png in the bottom right corner of your submission, click this and select 'Edit Run' then correct the mistake and re-submit the run. NOTE: If your run had already been reviewed by a moderator of the game, this will then require your run to be re-verified.

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Can I submit TAS or Segmented Runs?

TAS and runs utilizing savestates are prohibited. TAS (Tool-assisted Speedruns) are documented here: http://tasvideos.org/ which is the preferred place for you to submit your TAS runs.
Segmented runs are allowed only if explicitly stated within a game's ruleset, or in categories marked as "Segmented". Segmented runs should not be passed off as Single Segment or Real-Time runs.

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Can I use an emulator/virtual console to run?

Official virtual console releases are always allowed, since they're official releases of the game.
As for unofficial virtual console inject or emulators, this is decided by a game's leaderboard. Check the rules to see if emulators are allowed or what the rules on emulators for your game are. If there is none, make a forum post in that game or message the mods of the game to ask about it.

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How do I submit a run?

Go to a game's leaderboard by using the search bar found next to your name https://i.imgur.com/oYXU8hC.png and search for the game. Once of the page, find the category you completed a run for and hit 'submit run' https://i.imgur.com/hR3dpjn.png from here, just fill out the info needed (if video is required, make sure it's publicly accessible) and hit submit and you will have submitted a run! These runs normally take around 1-3 weeks to verify depending on the game, mods, etc. and once it's verified, you get a notification here https://i.imgur.com/RUfHKhQ.png . If it takes longer than a month, look to section 5 for advice.

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What should I submit when submitting a run?

When submitting a run, submit something that won't be deleted over time and someone can access without having to sign up for something (so don't put something on google drive and share it only with mods). For example, if you are submitting a photo use something like Imgur, or Instagram, or Twitter. If you're submitting a video, there's a lot of options though. However, the most popular methods would be making a highlight on twitch (these don't get deleted), uploading a YouTube video and giving the timestamp where the run happened (hit the share button and change the 'start at' value), uploading a YouTube video of just the run, or doing the same thing you do on YouTube through something like Vimeo or DailyMotion. However, these aren't the only ways to submit proof, just make sure that they:
1. Are publicly visible (without the need to sign up for anything)
2. Show everything that's important
3. Follow the guidelines for proof in that game/category

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Can I pause during a run?

In general, pausing is generally only allowed in RTA runs (real-time attack [meaning that you use a timer that isn't in the game, but just tracking your real time movement]), but not IGT runs (In-game time). However, this can differ based on a games leaderboard. You should check the rules to see if pausing is allowed prior to a run, as there are a solid amount of boards such as GoldenEye 64 where pausing in runs is allowed despite runs being counted in IGT, and some other games where pausing can alter game cycles. If it isn't specified, ask the game mods for the game or make a forum post in the game about it, but it's safe to assume it isn't allowed.

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Can I use a turbo controller / macro / authohotkey / script?

In general, all of these things are banned and considered cheating. However, there's some games where these things are allowed, and if they are it would be stated in the game's rules, so check there. In 99% of games though, this is considered cheating.

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Why did my game get denied when (insert game here) is on the site?

If a game brings up a question of 'why is this on the site?' it's generally because of 1 of 2 reasons.
1. Added by series mod
2. Added around 2-3 years ago or earlier.
3. It has a cult following of some kind or a large speedrunning community that you just didn't know about.
Only some time in around 2020 were games ever really rejected from this site. Before that, just about anything was accepted as long as you had a run of it. I'm assuming the policy change was made to stop the many dead boards from taking up site space, but idk.

As for why your game got rejected, from a users POV games are generally rejected for being
1. Too Short
Games under 5 minutes that aren't super popular also get rejected a lot.
If your game is short, try to find the longest possible category you can to showcase, as this shows your dedication to the game and often hints at potential for it to have its own small following.
2. Poorly Made + Unkown
If a game appears to be poorly made, it generally gets rejected unless it's a well known game. Stating awards a game has gotten or something like that can help your game not get rejected for this reason.
3. It's a highscore-based game with nothing to speedrun
Also, games like "Friday Night Funkin" get rejected because there's nothing to speedrun, and the game is completely highscore based.
4. It's not a game
Something like a 'discord ban speedrun" is not only dumb, but also not a game. Therefore, it doesn't appear on this site.

That being said, there's no concrete reason for why a game is rejected, as it is up to site staff to decide at the end of the day. It can help to read the rejection message to get an idea of why it was rejected, but sometimes the staff simply don't want it on the site.

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How do I format a post like this?

Click here to read up on the guide I used to make this.

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My new game just got accepted! How do I set it up?

On the game page, hit "edit game" or "edit theme" to be able to change stuff from there.
Edit theme is used to change the theme of the game's page, which can edit trophies, background, etc.
It should be pretty self explanatory.
Edit game on the other hand has a lot more going on.
As you can see in the photo https://i.imgur.com/Ev9IC2G.png
the 'Info' section can be used to modify the links on the left side of the page, what platforms can be run, what regional versions are available, and a few more things which aren't on the screen shot, but are self-explanatory.
In 'Categories' you can set the rules for each category, including main rules that apply to all categories, and you can add ILs and categories with the associated buttons.
In the 'Moderators' section, you simply add or remove moderators or change people from verifiers -> mods -> supermods. It's very self-explanatory.
Under 'tags' you can define tags that your game can be searched under.
Under 'variables' you can set up subcategories and also variables that users have to input,
https://i.imgur.com/COwB6Cm.png such as what version of the game they're running. If it's simply a normal variable and not a subcategory (which is defined by clicking the 3 dots), don't set a default variable, or variables that aren't the default won't show up by default when viewing the leaderboards.
For example, here's a normal variable, such as Bike or Kart and Game Version https://i.imgur.com/pfwC2Z9.png
Here's a subcategory
https://i.imgur.com/0yNB5xV.png
https://i.imgur.com/uUWUFmv.png

As for what categories/levels/rules to have, that's up to the moderators (such as yourself) to decide. However, it's always a good idea to keep community feedback/desires in mind.

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Can (insert category here) be added to (insert game here)?

That's normally up the mods discretion. Either make a forum post in the game's forums, or DM a mod asking if they would be OK with adding the category. Most of the time, if you've already done a run of the category, and it's possible to 'speedrun' it (so no high-score stuff or anything like that), then it will normally be accepted as a category and the mods should be OK with adding it. If they deny it, they'll generally give you a reason. If you ARE a mod, it's your choice what categories get added, but try to keep the community happy.

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I submitted a time then beat it later, what do I do?

Just submit your new time with the proper date. The mods will verify both runs when they get to it.

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How do I use emotes?

Just type them, typing stuff like 'p0g' aka Pog will instantly turn it into the associated emote.
To check which ones are available check https://www.speedrun.com/the_site/thread/4dilr
or
https://www.frankerfacez.com/channel/speedruncom_ffz

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The OFFICIAL FAQ section

This is the official FAQ section added before ELO took over this website. Click here to check it out. Most of this FAQ has been integrated into this FAQ thread.

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  SizzylSizzyl

Probably gonna make a section for guides, a section for questions, and separate each set of questions into their own category to help organize this.

 
  Sandstorm187Sandstorm187

Really cool guide, nice job @SizzylSizzyl - I'm sure this will help many people

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  SizzylSizzyl

@Sandstorm187Sandstorm187 Mainly making it so I can just say "https://www.speedrun.com/speedrunning/thread/pt010 Q2" or something like that instead of writing out something like
"First, check the game/category rules to see if they specify. Then, ask in the forums for the game you are asking about. If that doesn't get a response for 1-2 weeks, ask a mod. If they don't respond, attempt to contact these mods if they are inactive (meaning your run hasn't been verified for 3+ weeks) through either the src messaging system or their linked social media. If there's no response for 1-2 weeks, go to the support hub and request to become a mod there and make sure you fill the requirements to become a game mod (https://www.speedrun.com/knowledgebase/supporthub/request-moderation)." every time someone asks a question like that. Also the FAQ on-site is kinda vague and most people on here never read anything in the about section anyway.

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  Merl_Merl_

Q10: Can I use [something] in minecraft and will my speedrun be legal
A: Please ask this in the minecraft forums or discord. This is a general forum.

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  SizzylSizzyl

@Merl_Merl_ that's what Q2 is. They tend to ask about Sodium/Lithium

 
  Merl_Merl_

@SizzylSizzyl oh. I didn't read past FAQ 1 lol

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  LivLiv
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There is actually an FAQ here from years ago, but it never got finished. Was mostly a WIP but it contains a lot of the questions asked here:

https://www.speedrun.com/faq

Don't know what ELO are going to do with it. Frankly I'm surprised if anything this page still exists, and is made public. I think it was last touched mid or late 2019.

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  SizzylSizzyl
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@LivLiv never knew that, I'll link it at the top of this FAQ page to hopefully help people, but I think I'll still continue to add on to this thread. I'll look through it later to see if anything on there hasn't already been repeated on here.
Especially since a good portion of it isn't super in-depth, and some of it is a bit out of date.

Edit:
Implemented 99% of the questions by either copy-pasting or paraphrasing them into this thread.
Also got rid of the Q1-16 before each question since they're included in the table of contents anyway.
Added Q17 after seeing an old thread: https://www.speedrun.com/speedrunning/thread/scdn5

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  TRLittleToasterTRLittleToaster

yeah that's cool and all but like can i use sodium for 1.16?

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  SizzylSizzyl

@starsmileystarsmiley would it be possible to make this thread sticky?

 
  WalgreyWalgrey

Could you stop double-posting and use the edit button?

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  CuttyflameCuttyflame

there is just nothing to understand about game submission, i submitted a game that got rejected for being not notable, and someone submitted the same game 4 month after and it got accepted even though no one is making video about it anymore. Sorry just had to rant somewhere.

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  SizzylSizzyl
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@WalgreyWalgrey fixed, my bad, super used to just posting what comes in my head.
@CuttyflameCuttyflame did put a disclaimer in that section of the FAQs for that reason (it happens to all of us)
New update: Section 19, explaining the basics of customizing a new leaderboard.
New update: Section 20, explaining how to find 'good games to run for x console'

 
  Gameboy9917Gameboy9917

Nice, it's really well organized and should be helpful to newcomers

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  survivalMichisurvivalMichi

you should make a differenace beetween pauses in RTA and IGT