Welcome, and congrats on your first post. A number of your points confused me.
Hold on for a second and consider what FIRST is actually doing. They are quite active on Instagram, which is the main social media platform I use. I am sure they have a good presence on Twitter as well. But as far as reaching a wider audience? They were on the front page of Twitch for heaven’s sake. What more do you want them to do? Looking at Chief Delphi and using it to call FIRST bad at publicizing is just insincere. This was not, is not, and probably will never be an official mode of FIRST communication. It’s just a community forum. I don’t understand what your issue with it is.
As others have mentioned, there are other avenues to interact with the FIRST community. The FRC discord and subreddit are both options. As a nonexistent student who uses CD, I’ve personally found that CD tends to have more potential for useful/educational discussions. The FRC Reddit is pretty much just memes. Which is not a problem, it’s just not something that I’d turn to when I want to learn. and the discord has channels for technical discussions but I personally believe the forum format (where discussions are more easily visible for a longer time) is superior than the real-time messaging format (where it’s a bit harder to look back at previous discussions and learn from them).
I originally joined CD to learn. It has definitely served that purpose. I get to talk to many of FRC’s greats (teams and individuals), ask questions and see their answers. I know it’s easy to get bogged down in the toxicity of many of the “political” debates on this site (
– mentor built, districts vs regionals, and other random discussions that somehow devolve into passive aggressiveness. Frankly the community that is there for people with technical questions is still there.
What’s wrong with it being more heavily populated with mentors and alumni? It means I get a more direct line to more experienced people. Can’t complain about that!
I remember posting my first CAD project – a relative simple gearbox. The responses in the thread were overwhelmingly helpful and supportive, and I that helped me continue to improve my skills to the point where I more or less CADed our entire robot this year. Original thread: pic: 6.25:1 Gearbox (First Attempt) - 2 2019 robot: https://grabcad.com/library/frc3082-2019-season-robot-3
So what I’m saying is, the community is there if you look. Oh, and calling it badly designed is pretty low; it’s run by a small group of people who are doing it for free. Actually it’s largely one person, Brandon Martus.
What does this even mean? How can a culture be “behind”? Honest question. The robotics meme culture is very strong and I can’t think of anything more representative of modern culture than memes.
Here’s my question to you – what should FIRST and CD change? Chief Delphi is great at complaining about everything without any consideration for what can be changed, so your post fits right in. But I don’t think that’s constructive so let’s make something out of this.