I agree with @Jobe, @Rick TYler, @sankeydd, and @tabor473.
I like many things about the new system (especially the ability to tag rules), but there are several things I like better about the old system.
Here are a few changes I would suggest:
- Teams could add additional contacts just for the Q&A.
- People who aren't currently part of teams (especially referees) could also apply for a "license" to post in the Q&A.
- All event partners should automatically be allowed to post in the Q&A, and so should the contacts for teams from the previous year (In the Zone), at least until the game manual is finalized (or until the beginning of September, October, or January).
- To keep the quality of the Q&A good, I would suggest that if someone disobeys the Q&A rules severely enough or often enough, their ability to ask questions could be suspended for a period of time, or even indefinitely.
Right now, if you find a rule you want clarified, there are only three ways to ask the GDC about it before the game manual is finalized: (A) contact someone whose team registered well before August 17th, so they can post the Q&A question for you, (B) be part of a team like that yourself, or (C) contact the GDC yourself in an unofficial channel.
Full disclosure: Under the current system, I wouldn't be able to ask Q&A questions this year, unless something changes. My team does not plan to compete this year, due to a recent increase in the workload for our head coach's full-time job. (Our students might continue in VEX with other teams, but I'm guessing those teams would need all three contact spaces for people from their own organization.)