Meet the Admins

Meet the Admins

With all the daily busyness and commotion that Pokemon Showdown naturally brings, the administration figured it would be nice to just take a step back and introduce each member of the admin team. They've been split into two different categories based on how PS operates backstage – Owner and Technical – so without further ado, meet the:

Owners

Zarel

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Zarel created Pokemon Showdown back when he was still known as aeo, and has been diligently making it more awesome since. He's pretty chill and easily approachable, and funnels the majority of his effort into the technical aspects of Pokemon Showdown. Zarel generally just wants to work on Pokemon Showdown, and have fun, so providing one or both of those will surely put you in his good books.

Area of Expertise: Virtually everything

chaos

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chaos is the founder of Smogon and has been playing Pokemon competitively for over a decade. Meet him on the randbats ladder if you haven't yet. He researches programming languages, and enjoys listening to and playing music.

Area of Expertise: Jack of All Trades

Technical Administrators

Asheviere

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Asheviere is a jack of all trades and works on a lot of different aspects of PS, both on the coding end and policy end. Her honest and direct approach to matters has made her one of the longest- running ROs and a dependable workhorse within Upper Staff. Don't be afraid to approach her about anything related to PS, as long as it doesn't involve battles; the only tier she plays is Anything Goes using a team of Ditto.

Area of Expertise: Moderation Tools, Room Management

Marty

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Marty, otherwise known as the second coming of Marty, is a researcher extraordinaire. Having gotten started on Pokemon Showdown in early 2012, he quickly rose through the ranks with his unique skill set. He probably knows more about Pokemon mechanics than Game Freak and has put in huge amounts of work faithfully implementing them. The job is never quite finished though, since there's always more to find and more research to be done as new games continue to be released. If you're ever in need of a game mechanic guru for basically any generation, Marty can be found using that primitive chat program known as IRC.

Area of Expertise: Research, in-game mechanics

pre

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pre has not played competitive Pokémon seriously since the heights of NetBattle/Shoddy Battle more than a decade ago, but has maintained an active interest in the Smogon community and competitive Pokémon battling as an intriguing problem space. pre focuses the majority of his efforts behind the scenes refactoring and optimizing various aspects of the Pokémon Showdown codebase. While pre is primarily interested in tackling large-scale architectural challenges and improving the Pokémon Showdown ecosystem for developers, he also likes to distract himself by implementing a bunch of the community's smaller feature suggestions to unwind.

Area of Expertise: Performance, Technical Infrastructure/Design

The Immortal

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The Immortal has been part of Pokemon Showdown since 2012 and is known as the mysterious programmer from Dubai. Unlike the other technical staff, he doesn't code for a living but does so as a hobby. He actually has a degree in finance! Other than Zarel, TI has made the most commits to the PS GitHub repository, including tons of mechanics implementations. On Smogon, he leads Other Metagames, and has used his position on PS to expand its presence. TI also runs Pokemon Showdown's signature format, Random Battle! Despite being technical, he stays involved with policy on the sim as well.

Area of Expertise: Maintenance of formats, events, and general Pokemon data

What about Leaders?

Global Leaders (&) are responsible for contributing/coordinating several facets of Pokemon Showdown at a smaller capacity than Administrators. They typically contribute to areas such as public/private room management, global staff management, policy enforcement, new and existing scripts/modifications, discipline appeals, so on and so forth. There are more Leaders than there are Administrators, and as such they delegate a myriad of responsibilities amongst themselves as their interests see fit. You may view a full list of PS Leaders and to what they contribute here.