Rule 33 Robot

Does this mean we can bring our Arm and Mini Bot separately to the competition

<R 33>Teams may bring a maximum of 30 pounds of custom FABRICATED ITEMS (SPARE PARTS, REPLACEMENT PARTS, and UPGRADE PARTS, plus all WITHHOLDING ALLOWANCE items) to each competition event to be used to repair and/or upgrade their ROBOT at the competition site. All other FABRICATED ITEMS to be used on the ROBOT during the competition shall arrive at the competition venue packed in the shipping crate or lockout bag with the ROBOT.
There are three exceptions to this rule: A. the OPERATOR CONSOLE is not included in the incoming parts weight restriction, B. the MINIBOT is not included in the incoming parts weights restriction, and
C. any competition legal12V batteries and their associated half of the Anderson cable quick connect/disconnect pair (including no more than 12” of cable per leg, the associated cable lugs, connecting bolts, and insulating electrical tape) are not included in the incoming parts weight restriction.

Bump?

We were wondering the same thing.

As long as your arm and any other spare parts you may bring weigh in at less than 30 pounds, yes, you can.

Sigh. Some people just don’t read Q&A.

Q&A has repeatedly stated that the Minibot can be brought separately. (As have quite a few CD threads–search is in the orange bar at the top of the page, if you are wondering if your question has been asked already.) Minibot weight will not count against your 30-lb withholding allowance.

If your arm is under 30 lbs, then yes, you can bring it in the Withholding Allowance. Be advised that the Allowance is a total, so other parts that you may wish to have will cut down the maximum arm weight.

You can also ship parts in the crate or the bag and work on them Thursday at the event.

Yeah, some people don’t remember the exact contents of a forum with literally hundreds of threads, able to recall this knowledge on a moment’s notice.

Seriously, everyone should read the Q&A and the answer could be found by either searching the Q&A or the Manual, but being condescending just because someone doesn’t have as encyclopedic of a knowledge of those documents as you is not very nice.

The poster’s from a rookie team - they’ve probably never seen a manual and Q&A as massive and convoluted as this in their lives.

The Q&A is there. There are several threads on this topic in there. There are several threads here on the same topic. But it seems like every other day, someone asks “Is this legal…” or “Can I do this…” on the same topic even short enough ago that it shows up on the Portal page of CD. The Q&A is actually fairly easy to navigate–if you have a guess as to what type of category the question would fall under, you can go right to all the threads on that type of topic.

And quite honestly, I am getting very annoyed that at this point in the season, people don’t seem to have read the Q&A at all. Even a “I looked at the Q&A (or searched CD), but couldn’t find X” would indicate that you put some effort into finding the answer. This is a real-world simulation. Sometimes, you have to look for the answers! You won’t always be able to ask someone, “what’s this number?”

I can’t call up rules and Q&A stuff and CD threads off the top of my head, either, unless I’ve had to refer to it often (say, ). What I can remember is “Oh, I think I’ve seen that before in X resource”. I then spend less than 5 minutes and find the information, either with control-f for the Manual (once in the right section) or by looking up the appropriate Q&A. What bothers me is that nobody seems to take the time to look before asking. (It really, really bothers me when people say, “don’t tell me to look”, when they ask but that’s another story.)

You can choose to get irritated by the perfectly rational behavior of strangers or you can choose to let it bother you to no good end.

Answer their question and kindly remind them of the additional resources available to them or move on. There’s little use in criticizing them for trying to get help.

Everyone here who answers questions should always check the team number and rookie year of those asking the questions, and tailer their response accordingly.

Some of what may seem obvious or simple to veterans may be overwhelming or confusing to rookie teams or new members.

And frankly, I’m glad that teams are asking questions… even if they’ve already been answered somewhere else… rather than waiting until they get to an event.

But yes, the withholding allowance can actually influence the design of your robot. We built the cRio, speed controllers and pneumatics into a removable “brain” last year. We could keep the brain at home, in a practice chassis, and work on our code, then bring it to the competition, drop it in to the “real” robot, and be up and running in less than 15 minutes.

The judges rather liked that… so use the withholding limit wisely. It is there to help.

Jason

The Q&A is there. There are several threads on this topic in there. There are several threads here on the same topic. But it seems like every other day, someone asks “Is this legal…” or “Can I do this…” on the same topic even short enough ago that it shows up on the Portal page of CD. The Q&A is actually fairly easy to navigate–if you have a guess as to what type of category the question would fall under, you can go right to all the threads on that type of topic.

And quite honestly, I am getting very annoyed that at this point in the season, people don’t seem to have read the Q&A at all. Even a “I looked at the Q&A (or searched CD), but couldn’t find X” would indicate that you put some effort into finding the answer. This is a real-world simulation. Sometimes, you have to look for the answers! You won’t always be able to ask someone, “what’s this number?”

I can’t call up rules and Q&A stuff and CD threads off the top of my head, either, unless I’ve had to refer to it often (say, <R92>). What I can remember is “Oh, I think I’ve seen that before in X resource”. I then spend less than 5 minutes and find the information, either with control-f for the Manual (once in the right section) or by looking up the appropriate Q&A. What bothers me is that nobody seems to take the time to look before asking. (It really, really bothers me when people say, “don’t tell me to look”, when they ask but that’s another story.)

Not all of us are an alumni sitting at college reading the forums all day. Some of us are in the middle of a build season looking for a quick answer.

So which is quicker - posting a question and waiting hours or even days for some kindhearted user to answer you, or searching for 5 or 10 minutes to see if it has been asked before?

Quite frankly, there’s many posts that I don’t answer simply because it has been answered a day or two ago. I get tired of doing the homework for someone else, and I’m not surprised Eric has as well.

It’s quite something different if someone says, “We looked and couldn’t find …” or “The rule says [xxx], does that mean …”. Those questions I will look at and will give an opinion if I have one. That not only helps the fellow user, but helps me in my understanding of the rules.

No one’s obligating you to answer questions - all we’re asking is that people don’t treat rookie teams like they’re complete idiots because they’re confused. If you’re tried of answering the same question repeatedly, and can’t tell someone to check the Q&A and Manual in a nice way, you can just ignore the thread.

My point was that not all of us have been reading the forums and Q&A all day to be able to think “Oh, I saw that somewhere.” If you are tired of answering people then don’t answer, there is no need to insult anyone.

Excuse me - I’ve insulted someone by pointing out why it might be in their best interest to do a simple search before asking a question?

Which I believe I pointed out I do - I simply don’t answer questions that have been answered a day or two before, or have been asked repeatedly.

I don’t assume rookie teams are helpless, but I do have empathy for how confusing some of the rules can be.

Every team - rookie and veteran alike - should have someone devoted to reading the Q&A. It doesn’t take that long. The GDC generally answers a handful of questions at one time; the most I’ve seen is roughly a pageful on any given day. And they don’t answer questions every day. That way when a team has a question, they can ask their Q&A specialist if they recall anything about that topic. Or you might have more than one Q&A specialist, each devoted to a different section of the Q&A, to spread the workload if it’s too much for one person.

I was not talking about you. I was just clarifying what I meant for you. From what you say that is the perfect thing to do, answer the question and then remind them of where they can find the answers themselves.

Sorry about the confusion - everything except the first line of the post wasn’t intended to be directed at you in particular.

Great communication skills coming from here…

ITT:
Irritated posters irritate other posters leading to irritated discussion of irritated posters’ posts.

Sadly this thread has gone from helping a rookie team to a bunch of veteran teams bickering over extremely pointless stuff. :yikes: I ask that a **Moderator ** locks this thread, and each veteran member bickering on here look back on your posts. If i was a rookie, I would be confused and discouraged from all this bickering. Please, help the rookie, and move on::rtm::

Everyone, enjoy the last week of build season, and good luck, rookies and veterans :]

You know what would help? A search system that can handle simple “and” and “or” queries. (If the functionality exists, I’ve not figured it out, so it must not be all that intuitive.) Limiting search capabilities to one-word search phrases is just…well, rather useless.

Of course, we’re just a rookie team, so what do we know…

What you should know is that this site is volunteer-run and self-funded. Kick in $50,000 and a lot of extra functionality can be added. :slight_smile: