Q14. I have questions not answered here. Can I ask them elsewhere?
A. Yes, there are many good places to get more information. Some of them are The BotBash Forum, OverVolt.net, and the waning Delphi forums, but unless you own some asbestos underwear, or actually like getting Flamed or ignored, please, please, PLEASE consider a few points of etiquette:
Q15. Okay, I've read the rest of the FAQ, NOW will you tell me where to get parts?
- Make an honest effort to research your question before asking it. You would be surprised at how many times a week questions like "Where do I buy motors?", "Do I need a speed control?", etc. get asked. These are not entirely unreasonable questions, but they have been asked and answered so many times that people grow tired of answering them. So instead, they usually flame the poster or just ignore the question altogether. Look for the answer in FAQ pages, on builders sites, or even use the "Search" tool on the available fora. Chances are, you'll get a more thorough answer by reading the first or second time it was answered anyways.
- When you do ask questions, make them as specific as possible. No one wants to try to answer "How do I build a battlebot?", its too vague and would take a week. On the other hand, a question like "Should I buy a Futaba 6XA or 6HA radio for battlebots?" is a good one. It shows you've put some effort into finding an answer, and people will usually be glad to offer opinions on the subject.
- Use a real-name username for making your posts. Unlike much of the internet, people in Battlebots usually end up meeting one another when it comes time to compete. Making posts from behind "KoolDude1" is a lot harder for people to relate to than "JohnPublic". At the very least, use something that identifies your team. You will get more respect and people will relate your online persona to your real life persona easier if they can tell who you are.
- Build First, Talk Smack Later (or not at all). By and large, veteran builders are very uninterested in seeing drawings, 3D models, etc. of a bot you're "going to build". Its better to get something built (or in the process of being built) and post pictures or a web-link if you want builders to see what you're working on. This goes hand in hand with making statements like "My bot is gonna beat all of you!". That's just lame. If you're going to beat someone, show up with a bot and do it. It does no one any good to post "I've got a killer robot all designed and all I need is money to build it so I can kill you all!" It just makes you look stupid and will get you added to someone's "ignore" list.
- Use english. Don't shout. A VERY high percentage of builders are scientists or other educated people. We prefer clear, plain english questions and answers. Emulated ghetto-speak, "733t"(leet) or netspeak (hey peepz! ne1 no where I can get sum motorz?) doesn't endear you to the population at large. It makes you annoying, and will get you ignored or flamed. THE SAME GOES FOR SHOUTING! DON'T SHOUT YOUR QUESTIONS... see its annoying when people shout. Caps are good for emphasis, but an entire message typed that way gets hard to read. Good spelling and proof reading are also a plus. I know you're in a hurry to get an answer, but taking an extra 10 seconds to re-read the message just to make sure its clear will mean all the difference.
A. Yes. Check out the
Parts and Radio sections of my
Links page. Every time I buy from a new company I try to add it to this list, so if I bought it, I probably bought it at one of those places!