I don’t think it’s going to be particularly controversial if I said that ChiefDelphi has gotten substantially worse over the past year. Maybe it was the coronavirus, maybe it was just the natural state of things.
Point is, time and time again, this forum seems completely incapable of dealing with delicate yet important issues in this program. From blatant homophobia in the LGBTQ+ inclusion thread, the disgusting ways the things like the BLM or sexual assault threads were handled, to the hushed discussions around the sins of the programs vendors, and far more than I could possibly care to know or remember, it’s kind of concerning that this forum brings such confidence in people to bring such things out of the woodwork.
I’d like to believe that the FIRST community is a good one, but ChiefDelphi makes me question that assumption. As Discord draws off a lot of technical discussion, it makes me wonder if eventually this place will eventually only be a place to laugh, point, and rage at the bigoted mentors who still have the confidence to post online.
Maybe people will even start screencapping this forum and posting snippets offsite to places like /r/hobbydrama, exposing general audiences to a side of the program that isn’t just what FIRST throws at them, one that seems far less inclusive or healthy. Maybe people will treat this place as a flytrap of sorts, to identify the exact people and teams to avoid. Maybe this is just a representative reflection of the program, and my faith in it is misplaced. Maybe that’s the value of ChiefDelphi has to FIRST – a monument to its shortcomings.
I really hope that there is still value in this forum.