Anyways, as somebody that's trying to get into Pokemon speedrunning, the lack of consistency and transparency on the forums (and to a lesser extent the wiki) is kind of ridiculous. There have been breakthroughs and discoveries for games across all generations (even brand new game releases!), but the information just is not present here. Where is the activity at? I imagine the response to this would be "IRC" but that's not acceptable for major points of discussion if this site is meant to be the go-to resource.
Let me explain a few of the instances I've run into to demonstrate the frustration.
First example I came across was for Pokemon Colosseum. It'd been awhile since I watched any kind of speedrunning so I thought I'd check the wiki entry to see what's new and I discover this:
Ok cool, that's an interesting development in the time I was away. But then I check the last edit date, May 2014, 10 months ago. Where's the progress since then? Well naturally I head to the forums in hopes of finding more information; as expected I found a topic about it, but the last activity in the thread is the same date as the wiki edit. The topic did serve a good purpose, generating observations and theories for a month, but the topic then went unfinished. It's been 10 months, even if this is one of the less popular games there should have been something new concerning this topic, so where did the conversation go?Current World Record uses Espeon and Feraligatr, but recent testing has concluded that Typhlosion may be a better second starter. More testing is required, however, as each second starter has major advantages over the other.
Next example is fairly new but that's just makes it all the more concerning. While reading new posts on the forums Fretzi made a post which mentioned a major breakthrough for PMD Red/Blue. I was intrigued by this, so I went searching for information but came up empty as the forum has barely been touched at all. It wasn't until another controversy later that GarfieldTheLightning explained what the discovery actually was.
So the discovery appears to be known at least within the core runners, but where was the discovery posted? Where was the conversation about it? Without an open platform of discussion it's very intimidating for somebody new to try to break into the game.
And the last one which I think is the biggest example is Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire. This game is brand new, it just came out so there's a lot of areas of discussion and policy to debate, yet there's little to no documentation about it. The forum has one topic of importance in which users discussed timing, both RTA vs IGT but also when timing should stop since the game doesn't define that clearly. A lot of good points were made and not everybody was on the same page, yet the conversation died out. Some players are currently running the game so is there actually a consensus or are they just playing by their own rules until it's formalized later on? The wiki says these things haven't been finalized, so a newcomer will not have any kind of guidance on how to time their run or even where to end it.
Then there's the ingame material that offers up even more discussion; in particular there's version differences that are worth discussing. JTMagicman's FAQ says Ruby is more consistent but Sapphire may be faster, but where's the topic analyzing pros and cons of each? Then there's Eekcast who's working on (worked on?) another strat altogether but with no explanation or discussion about the pros and cons of the Dexnav approach. I mean the game is brand new, the forum should be bumping with routing ideas and the like but it's not.
There are other examples but I'll cut it there. I should also state this doesn't apply to every game/subcommunity, the Sapphire board is one example.
This is frustrating, there's no other word to describe it. There's need-to-know info out there, but it's nowhere to be found on this site. That means the site is not fulfilling its purpose. The site doesn't host the leaderboards anymore, so if this site isn't a bevy of information and discussion, what good is it actually doing? The pokemon speedrunning community is already pretty small, and when you break it into the subcommunities each game has it gets that much smaller, so keeping information within nonpublic platforms like IRC or twitch chat is extremely harmful to expanding the playerbase.
I understand there's not really a way to "fix" this, all I can hope is that the regulars and prominent runners understand this plea and start using the forum for any serious areas of discussion.