Originally Posted by Chris Hibner
Recently, FIRST was gettting a little upset about some of the activity on these boards, such as people trying to circumvent the rules.
There's nothing worse than when you try to help someone out and they take advantage of you. Along those lines, how about we not try and crack the manual and keep FIRST happy with all of us so they continue to do nice things for us in the future?
I agree with Chris 10000%. I mean, the joking threads are perfectly fine imho, but if you do
know something about the upcoming game.... please keep it to yourself. I'm positive some people know some parts of the game, but if they do know something... there's a reason behind that. When people get on things like ChiefDelphi, as someone said before... alot of people will see what YOU write. That's what's great about ChiefDelphi, you have your right to be heard and express yourself, but do it with respect to each other, and the league. You can have your "intellectual fun" with the manual decryption for all I care, but if you were to find the password... keep it that way... YOU find the password, not the entire CD community, or even your team for that matter.
Yes, kickoff is very exciting for us all... and I know I personally have put alot of time into writing my little "Introduction to Programming Guide" for FIRST, and I know that the people at FIRST have put MANY hours into planning this game. Sure it's fun to guess, but keep it that way... let others experience the surprise at kickoff. When you try to "crack the code" before the kickoff... your just not giving the credit to FIRST that you should.
Imagine that your building time is coming to an end, and then somebody were to go and release ALL of the work your team had done. The teams who got this material now have an advantage on you, because it's your work. Same scenario here, this is FIRST's "final week of building" They've worked for almost a year putting together everything for all of us to enjoy, the least we can do is wait till Saturday and enjoy whatever is presented before us.
I personally think this is the right time to put in my thanks to all of the FIRST employees and all groups that help support our program... as teammates we often get too into the craze of competition and forget that this wouldn't happen without so many dedicated people. On these forums, there are so many people that we see working all of the time to try to help teams out, and just overall good people. To everyone who does that, thanks.