This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Spend time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for every new arrival. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.

The forum software provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

Let’s leave our community better than we found it.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.

When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Direct Messages and YPP Compliance

There should be no direct student ↔ adult/mentor direct messages. Please always include multiple adults in situations like these, as directed by the FIRST Youth Protection Program guidelines. For more specific information, see the Internet and Social Media Safety section of the YPP Program Guide PDF.

If a student or mentor finds themself in a direct message situation that may violate YPP program guidelines, feel free to flag the DM which will automatically add the moderation team to the conversation. If there is no other issue with the DM, then no action will be taken by the moderators against any user, but even so, simply flagging the post will extend visibility of the DM to several other adults. List the reason as “other” and write in “YPP compliance”.

Always Be Civil

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don’t post no-content replies.
  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.
  • Do not create duplicate accounts or anonymous accounts without permission from forum administrators. Duplicate and anonymous accounts may be suspended indefinitely and original accounts are subject to up to a one month suspension. Use the method described in this thread to start an anonymous account.

Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.

Off-Topic Content

ChiefDelphi reserves the right to prohibit or delete discussions that are thought to violate applicable law, are NOT robotics related, or that may be harmful to other members.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

Games and faster-paced conversations

Take time to gather your thoughts, respect others’ opinions, and post thoughtful content. The forums should not be used for real-time, back and forth, instant messaging style conversations whenever possible. This includes fast-paced game threads that are not related to FIRST Robotics or robotics in general. Games that post at a pace that moderators or non-players can not follow along are not permitted. Games where the Discourse-estimated reading time grows by more than 15 minutes per day are likely to run afoul of this rule.

Respect Confidentiality

Do not post any leaks or unauthorized releases about new games (in whole or in part, including the playing field, game elements, or the manual) or new products. The moderator team will err on the side of caution and remove any content that could be considered a leak or unauthorized release.

Do not discuss hacking or cracking encrypted manuals, robot control systems, field management system, or any other devices or computer systems. The discovery of any bugs, flaws, or security vulnerabilities that can allow teams to gain an unfair competiton advantage must be privately reported to the applicable parties. FIRST has established the following page for reporting vulnerabilities:

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