Thanks for soliciting feedback. I have a bunch! I hope it comes across in the constructive spirit in which it is intended.
My biggest challenge is that it’s hard to see what new answers have been posted since my last visit. Every time I go to the site, I need to switch the Sort to “Newest Answers”, then go through the pages to find the last question that I remember seeing answered, and then read back through the pages to “catch up” to all current responses. Is there a better way? If it’s like past years, it gets even harder when GDC revises an answer, as I don’t know if the answer always gets a new timestamp. Probably I should fiddle around with the RSS feed or something (as I don’t currently use an RSS reader regularly), but I like to just read all the answers, but I know on occasion last year I missed some, and it just feels a lot harder than it ought to. I’m also not sure if I can “trust” the RSS feed to tell me every new update, particularly for things like when answers get revised.
The “All answers on one page” link hidden at the bottom (which might help mitigate that somewhat) currently only seems to show through Q19, although as of this writing Q30 is the most recent answer and Q32 is the most recent question that has an answer.
Earlier today the links to the manual from Q&A responses went to the Power Up manual. While it seems to be fixed by now, it just gives me a feeling that the opening of Q&A for the year somehow took somebody by surprise.
It seems a little weird to me that the whole of Q&A just resets each year, actually. Sometimes I’m looking at an old Chief Delphi post, and it includes a link to the Q&A response, but of course that response is no longer there. And sometimes it can be handy to refer to past year’s questions since wording of rules is often similar (and though it certainly isn’t binding on this year, one may want to ask a similar question). It would be really great if the site could have the year in the URL and remain as an archive of past responses, similar to how https://frc-events.firstinspires.org/ defaults to the current season but you can switch to see past years.
And if you’re looking for pie-in-the-sky ideas, it might be neat if rather than just a link from Q&A to the manual, one could view a manual that linked back to any relevant Q&As. So you ended up with a bit of an annotated manual that included any clarifications from Q&A. That would probably require adding rule references within questions, though, and an easy process that somebody would need to use to recategorize any questions that were asked in the wrong section. Usually any major clarifications get included in a Team Update, but sometimes seeing all the related Q&A is useful.
And thanks for providing this system to FIRST!