Hi, there have been a few threads containing posts implying general incompetency by the VEX people. That really needs to stop.
I've been doing VEX since it was FVC playing Hang 'n Around. I started out with PIC, and less than 20 teams in DE/PA. I've watched VEX improve systems, parts, etc. I lived through the PIC "Back-Pack" for Vexnet (no more antennas poking people in the face) and the flip over to Cortex.
It was a much smaller population and has been pointed out, VEX is a very small part of the IFI empire.
VEX has made a huge incursion into education, their education market is much, much larger than the competitive side. Again we are a very small part.
The people that work for VEX are very smart. There are people from industry that have a ton of experience. Some of them are the "who's who" in competition robotics. So they know what we are going through.
They are currently in a hole. And we all know the First Rule of Holes is "STOP DIGGING".
In my day job, I've done what they are doing:"Hey, I can aggravate the living daylights of you, miss milestones, deadlines, ship dates for the next set of months, or I can stop, regroup, re-plan, put together a schedule we can meet with our suppliers and get this back together." Stopping is often appreciated in the long run.
They are a company, they have people to pay, suppliers to pay, etc. The trade-in was a huge bonus, but they didn't need to do it. "Hey Ford, the new 2018 is pretty nice, can I trade my 2010 with high mileage for 1/2 list price on a 2018?"
So I'd like to see the bashing to stop.
I get the impression from a lot of posts that this is the worst thing that ever has and ever will happen to you. Trust me, it's not.
I'd really like the VEX competition community to pull together and say "Ok, we are in this together, how do we help each other." For example there are a huge number of you that have V5's and a ton of unloved 393's. I've given up on V5 for this season, but I now have a demand for my 18 teams for about 36-40 393 motors and 29 controllers. So being able to match needs vs wants would be good.
Lets pull together, work with each other, help make everyone's season a good one. We are still 3.5 months away from March 1, we have time.