Dave was doing this last year as well. I don’t think there’s anything game-related there, unless there’s a common element.
His trailing dot caused comment for a couple years, before he revealed that he liked white space between his post and his signature. But something removes excess whitespace at the end of posts, so he puts a period there to keep it.
Last year he did the same thing with the numbers it referred to the number of teams who received nasa grants and said “thank you.”
That being said it is a good reminder to make sure you thank your sponsors, NASA or otherwise. A letter on team stationary goes a long way but if you really want to impress, take a team photo and put it in a frame signed by all the members and send that along with a thank you letter and a few team shirts. It is small gestures from teams that will make your sponsors want to continue their support of your team and FIRST in general.
You probably won’t see any. Not everything is a game hint. Think about what Greg said for a moment. How many teams receive NASA grants each year? And we’re averaging six formal thank yous per year? Pitiful. Plain pitiful.
How is it that so many team representatives have the time to run up the post count to astronomical levels in a game hint thread, while so few seem to have the time to say thank you for a $6K gift that funds the ability to play the game? I know not everyone here is a NASA grant team, but c’mon - something’s out of balance. I’d be happier if I saw less game speculation and a three digit number in Dave’s signature.
By all means have fun with game hints, but let’s be a grateful community that knows how to spend valuable time.