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Hi guys,
the last weeks I worked on a project called "SMW Kaizo World Leaderboard" where I took the data from all Kaizohacks on speedrun com and tried to rank the players in a leaderboard.
The goal of this is to publish this on a well known site (like SMWCentral) in order to get more players to speedrun hacks.

Here is the leaderboard with the explanation of the calculation next to it:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1PSyq5-Cnaub_8Nq8fpTBzfyO1L5nN31cjn314dckSAA/edit#gid=1139695895

Please let me know what you think of this
I appreciate the sentiment, but this misses the mark for me in a couple very important ways.

First, speedrunning kaizo hacks is just one of many ways to enjoy playing them - for many people (myself included), speedrunning is a massive time commitment that isn't the most enjoyable way to play. This formula punishes players who don't want to commit to the grind necessary to learn multiple speedruns. By ranking players by their participation in SRC and speedrunning as a whole, and by stating your wish is to prominently display this leaderboard, you are saying that speedrunning is the way to quantify a player's skill. It's certainly one way, but there are so many other ways to enjoy and play kaizo that putting so much emphasis on speedrunning greatly diminishes that.

Second, and I do not say this with the thought that you were moving this way, this seems like a vehicle to assign a metric to compare and contrast players by equating skill with prevalence on SRC. Going down your list, I see some of those I would consider the best players in the world up and down every position, and many of them either don't care about speedrunning hacks or don't care about submitting times. I could see this system motivating some of them to submit their times, but not for healthy reasons.

One of the great things about the kaizo community is that, while game does recognize game, the amount of "rivalries" or unhealthy competition is pleasantly small. Our rivals are the games themselves, not each other. Having some sort of ELO or RPI for kaizo players is a really neat idea, and I like that concept in principle. I also really appreciate the amount of work you clearly put in to make this. Unfortunately, "ranking" players in the way you did can breed some massive toxicity in ways that aren't healthy to the community. I'd love if more people speedran kaizo hacks, but I don't want to grow the community at the expense of those already in it.

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I'm not a doctor.

Seeing Linkdeadx2 85th says it all. Not saying he is THE best, but he doesn't speedrun so he is far far behind. He beat every single Kaizo hack on SMWC, everytime showing why he is definitely one of the best.

Speedrunning doesn't define skill.
And as a whole, you can't define who is THE best. There's no way to do that.

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