A Director of Product Development for a major Robotics vendor admits he is being intentionally sarcastic and judgmental about some customers that he perceives are not following the rules the WAY he thinks they should be, not how the rules are actually written by FIRST.
He feels wronged.
I’d recommend swallowing some of that pride and looking at the big picture and get with the 21th century.
Open source is the FASTEST way to bootstrao use of technology and train legions to use technology. Does your team use any software that was provided free to you?
CD has seemingly become a place for a gripe session for all the powerhouse teams to tell everyone how unfair the world is and how we need to make FIRST more about making sure the powerhouses get every bit of accolades they feel entitled to.
If you haven’t actually been in deep and thoughtful communication with any of the teams that you think is copying without the students learning about engineering, then your musing are NO better than the novice teams that think mentors do all the work on the powerhouses. Actually it’s worse because with your resources, you should know better.
There is no place in FIRST for musing about negative perceptions that come from ignorance.- Not by powerhouses nor by novice teams.
Lighten up people.
If you think you know enough to feel justified being intentionally sarcastic to people that volunteer for FIRST (based on what you IMAGINE is going on for those people), it’s time for you to leave your bad attitude at the door and start meditating on what the real purpose of FIRST is.
Maybe as you get older, you will recognize such things.
In the heat of the moment, I can be sarcastic myself but always on reflection, I always figure out I could have handled it a better way.
FIRST is not first about making sure powerhouses do not feel jilted.
FIRST is first about bootstrapping high schools across the whole world to encourage use STEM through the use of a fun tool: the competition.
There is no doubt in my mind that fabricating copies is typically a means of inspiration. It is typically a means of bootstrapping good engineering information. I think too many teams work too much on their own, spending huge amounts of time, without checks along the way. Some don’t use physics and math, some don’t have basic fabrication skills, some don’t 'have anyone that knows the ins and out of FRC robots nor FRC competitions.
If you think you see a team that is missing one or more of the pieces, instead of being sarcastic and judgemental, the right response is to** meekly** offer help. It might take years- but I think that is what FIRST is supposed to be about. Now I might be wrong, this is only my 3rd year at FIRST but over half a century at life.