The replay section is reserved for competitive entertaining games; one sided games (bash replays), cheat accusations, games played against the AI, and replays which contain inappropriate in-game chat (flaming for example) are not allowed. All the global site rules apply to the replay section. Instead of criticizing the players involved try to give constructive advice so that they can improve.
The main list of replays is broken down into two categories: Member Replays, and Popular Member Replays.
The Member Replays list is where all newly submitted replays go, the Popular Member Replays list is where replays are moved to once they receive enough wubs (this number varies from game to game).
The purpose of this is to make it easy to find replays that are worth watching. An active game section can have a deluge of replays posted each day, and it can often be challenging to find replays that are worthwhile. The popular list acts as a filter for the better replays.
Wubbing (love -> luv -> wuv -> wub) is how you determine popularity. If you like a replay, simply wub it, and your vote will get counted towards its popularity.
This is where ALL of the replays are located. Everything is in here, and split between Member Replays and Popular Member Replays. Any time you want to go back to the main replay list, just click this link in the menu.
The Popular Member Replays list is sorted by date of popularity. That is, the replays which just became popular start at the top, with the oldest popular replays at the bottom.
The Member Replays list is sorted differently. It's sorted by whatever the last action was: wubbed, submitted, or replied to. A newly submitted replay will always start at the top, but if an older replay is wubbed or replied to, it will be "bumped" back to the top.
This is where you upload replays. Simply follow the instructions and you'll be all set.
Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame is where you can find the very best replays. These are replays that were voted in by the community, and they represent some of the most skillful and entertaining replays around.
This list is sorted by Last Post, which makes the list behave more like a forum. The discussion-friendly nature of this list makes it easy to see what replays people are currently interested in discussing.
Note that the Hall of Fame replays are still accessible from the All Replays list.
eSports Replays (coming soon)
This page lists all replays from major events & tournaments. The list can be filtered by each event, allowing you to quickly find replays from the major gaming events that GameReplays covers.
This list is sorted by event, with the newest events at the top.
Note that the eSports replays are still accessible from the All Replays list.
The expert replays list makes it easy to find the replays from GameReplays members who are designated to be experts by the community and staff.
This list is sorted by Last Post, and the replays are also accessible from the All Replays list.
Shoutcasts (coming soon)
The shoutcasts list is a list of shoutcasts, rather than replays. Clicking on one will bring you to the shoutcast page of the associated replay. It's a convenient way to see which replays have received shoutcasts.
This list is sorted from newest to oldest.
Search (coming soon)
The search link provides access to a power search engine that makes it easy to find any specific combination of information you want. Search for any replays on a certain map, all the way down to a specific matchup between specific players on a specific map at a specific date....well, you get the idea. The possibilities are endless.
My Stuff makes it easy to keep track of your activity and contributions to the replay system. You can easily find your own replays, see your reviews and how much feedback they have, and find your comments.
Hall of Fame replays are automatically nominated once they receive a certain number of wubs (this 4x the number needed to become popular), and are then voted on by the community in a week-long poll.
If after one week 70% of the votes are in favor of the replay being added to the Hall of Fame, then the replay will be updated with Hall of Fame status, and the poll will be closed.
We will play with the numbers until we reach a target of roughly 1% of all replays making it into the Hall of Fame.
Some sections don't use the Hall of Fame format however. Please check out the Silver and Gold Replay FAQ questions for a answer on those.
A few sections on GameReplays use the Silver Replay category.
Silver Replays are replays that are entertaining and show a fun match. The match does not have to be on a pro level and mistakes are allowed to be made. It is all about having a fun and intense game to watch. Silver replays can also contain new build orders or strategies.
Only Replay Reviewers can promote a replay to Silver. Make sure to apply for a Replay Reviewer position if you have interest in this power as well.
A few sections on GameReplays use the Gold Replay category. The Gold Replay category replaces the Hall of Fame.
Gold Replays are replays that are really entertaining and show a very fun match. The match does not have to be on a pro level and mistakes are allowed to be made. It is all about having a really fun and intense game to observe. This is also the place for outstanding new strategies and wtf-moments.
Note that Gold Replays do not have to be perfect. It is all about entertainment value.
Only Replay Reviewers can promote a replay to Silver. From here he can request a staff vote to make a replay Gold. Each section staff will decide if a replay is gold worthy. We will look at changing this system into a community vote later.