I have been asked by Bitrain to make a thread about frequently asked questions and their answer.
Here are some common questions you should read before making a thread on Portal 1 forums:
“Portal Done XXXXXXX segmented run”
There are a lot of segmented run made by SourceRuns Community, which is great.
However, there are like a bunch of them that has never been finished.
I can understand that making a segmented run with different elements of gameplay can be interesting like Jumpless, 23 Cubes, TSA, and stuffs like that.
If you want to make a segmented run, you should have a solid project, skillful friends SourceRunners, and motivation.
“Proposal to XXX” or “This rule is stupid”
Everyone can find that a rule is stupid; it works in real life, on the Internet, at school, at work, in countries.
There are rules you can disagree with. However, you have to follow these rules.
The only changes that have been done were made when most of the runners of a game were for it.
It works the same way in politics (mostly, not everytime), if the majority disagree with a rule, they will delete it.
Unless you have the agreement of the majority of runners of a game/a category, don’t start a “rule-breaking” thread because that will go nowhere.
“I found XXXX glitch”
Ok, this is a difficult case I guess. When this question was asked, most of the time, it was known glitches.
However, some runners weren’t aware of these glitches. This means you CAN probably make a thread about it, but it will mostly everytime be already known.
In MY opinion, I think it’s important to make a thread about glitches that may sound obscure to newbies (example : Some people didn’t know the lamp could be stuck on the ceiling).
Finally, don’t try to spam the forums, ask a known runner, he will probably answer you.
“I need help for XXXX glitch”
Ask a runner personally. The community is made of great people that are very nice and who can explain you in-depth.
Making a thread for that isn’t always good and can sound as spam for some runners.
“I found this route for XXXXXX chamber in Inbounds”
I know nothing about Inbounds, I am not going to lie. However, I know there are dozens of routes for each chamber in Inbounds.
The thing is that save glitching allows you different routes, different playstyles.
Some routes are easier, some are harder.
Unless you have a “faster than segmented” route, it’s mostly useless to do a thread about that.
You choose the strat you use, especially for Inbounds.
“Where can I find Maxxuss’ Speedrun_demorecorder ?”
Here : https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7002247/speedrun_addonv0.0.5.1.zip
“Is there a Ghosting Mod for Portal 1 ?”
No. As far as I know, noone is working on it.
“I experience issues with LiveSplit/Vault Save/ SourceSplit/ SPT Timer/ Demorecorder”
Ask a runner directly, he will be probably answer you better than anyone.
If it’s related with a bug, you can submit issues directly to their makers :
LiveSplit : https://github.com/LiveSplit/LiveSplit/issues
SourceSplit : https://github.com/fatalis/SourceSplit/issues
SPT Timer : https://github.com/YaLTeR/SourcePauseTool/issues
Speedrun_demorecorder : Ask Maxxuss
“I want to run the game”
Get SourceUnpack if you want to run anything (you don’t need it for glitchless).
Type on google “Portal Speedrun Tutorial”
If you have specific questions about specific elements, ask directly a runner.
SourceRuns have often been a place for memes. I mean it’s as old as SourceRuns, as old as the community.
However I realized that it’s not a good place for memes. The forum should be a place where newbies and experienced players could co-exist.
If you want to talk memes, we have already thousands of good places to talk about AG, the fact that Save Glitch is OoB or that Vault Save is TAS technically.
This became really important since the Portal forums aren’t that clean and we must keep it clean for future generations (this sentence looks weird).
I’ll edit this post if something new is added.
Thanks for reading.