The purpose of this thread is to allow people to put forward ideas for new features and/or changes to HaloRuns. Replies should contribute to or begin a new discussion, and not just comprise of dozens of people all saying the same thing.
Alright, so let's talk about this idea of having a 'Recent Runs' feed, in a similar vein to the currently existing 'Recent World Records' feed. This isn't my own idea, I'm unsure who first suggested it. It's been discussed in the HaloRuns discord quite extensively.
This feed could potentially require users to opt-in, say as a checkmark on their profile. To show on the feed, a run would need video verification, hosted on Youtube/Twitch/Hitbox. Other requirements could also be put in place.
Some starting points for and against:
- Would allow for increased exposure for runners of the wider HaloRuns community, allowing runners to feature on the front page without being WR-competitive, or being tweeted out by the HaloRuns twitter.
- Would provide additional incentive for runners to improve their times, and to document their improvement in video format, which otherwise would be seen by very few people unless their run is WR or close to WR.
- Potential exists for people to abuse/troll this by posting times that link to irrelevant videos, screamers/rickroll etc.
Personally, I think that it's a great idea. I can only see it increasing runner numbers and activity. With a flagging system, any bogus entries on the feed could be given minimal time spent on the front page, and those surely would be the exception rather than the rule.
The work to implement this needn't be shouldered by one person, I'd encourage anyone with experience who could potentially contribute to say so in here.
The reason why I thought we could "need" such a feature is because I think it's really interesting to see who is actually actively running which games and to see how every runner improved. Another reason is that you can discover new runners who are only active in the background. There are plenty of active runners I don't even know that actively speedrun for example Halo 2. With the new "Recent Times" tab, runners, who know a lot about the game, could help newer runners to improve at the game or you could simply just find a new streamer you want to watch. We discussed this idea in the #general channel in the HaloRuns discord and a lot of runners said they like the idea.
I think all in all it's a great feature, which will help to grow the community. Runners can discover new streamers, new runners will probably get help of runners with more experience and through this Halo speedruns will become more competitive for everyone and not just mostly top runners.
Edited by Allrounder on July 02 2017 at 2:41 PM EST
ParadoxxicModeratorJuly 06 2017 at 5:35 PM ESTPosts: 1584
I like the idea of recent times, though I actually think the community feeling would be increased if there was a point gate for it. It allows new runners to work their way up to WR pace in baby steps. First goal is to get times good enough to make the "recent times" page, then they can really go for WR times.
ParadoxxicModeratorJuly 06 2017 at 10:22 PM ESTPosts: 1585
I would like to bring up the idea of dealing with ties in a different manner than we currently do as well. Currently, ties aren't dealt with, and there is no distinction in the rankings. It would be nice if levels that had tied WRs (like keyes and metropolis for a time) showed the ties on the WR page.
2 quick things: 1) I'm sure this has been brought up before, but I feel like adding co-op categories would be a nice addition. Even if they aren't as popular of runs, from what I gather the idea behind haloruns is to be a central hub for all people running the games, and if so I feel it isn't too much to ask to add in record categories for these runs. 2) This ties into my comment at the beginning of the first point, can we add a search bar to the forums? Like I said, I am sure co-op has been brought up before, and if I was able to search the forums I could see what previous conversations on the subject have consisted of.
1. Allow special characters in a user's password, there is no reason to limit passwords to alpanumeric characters, I always have special characters in my passwords.
2. I think it might be interesting to include some firefight runs, to see who can get the highest score. The only place I know of that allows this is TwinGalaxies, but nobody has submitted any runs there.
I don't know how hard this would be to implement, but what about a search bar? Mainly for if you wanted to look up a specific runner but didn't want to go and try to sift through the runner list page to see if you could find said runner.
Also, maybe having links for page numbers in forum threads. Some of these threads have had some heavy traffic (ex: Introduce yourself) and in order you check the most recent post, you have to spam click the Next Page link until you get there. Maybe even just a link that puts you at the most recent page? Either would be beneficial and more convenient
Either with leaderboards (or at least a page with a list if rules) when can we acknowledge other categories and things besides JUST speedruns? It's a good chance to expand halo running, the community of people, and the site itself.