I’ve been noticing a lot of secrecy around the concept of a cube lock. Many teams utilizing it have been diligent at keeping it’s exact details hidden from the public. While it is a pretty simple concept, with many possible solutions, information and knowledge about this useful mechanisms is
Tbh I find this mindset disappointing and preposterous as well.
Disappointing because vex isn’t about hoarding ideas and keeping them from other teams. It’s about improving on each other to create amazing robots. And those who have this mindset are hippocritical as well. lets imagine for a minute that if goofy was never revealed that nobody else would have invented the traybot.(obviously untrue, but we’re pretending here) So teams will take ideas people have generously share, but then refuse to share ideas of their own?
But then again, if you really come up with something cool, it is your choice whether or not you want to share that thing. However, not sharing and stopping people from learning are completely different things. Recently @TaranMayer made a helpful tutorial explaining cube locks. The lock he demonstrated was of his design, and as such his choice to generously share. But he was “forced” to remove his tutorial by a team who wanted to keep cube locks secret. This issue is between Taran and said team, it is being privately resolved, so lets not talk about it here. I’m just bringing it up as an example of the disappointing behavior associated with cube locks.
Basically what I see happening here is select elite teams keeping quiet about cube locks in the hopes that the rest of us will never figure it out. But this is where things start getting preposterous. If an idea is simple and useful, like a cube lock, then other people WILL figure it out. might take longer without your help, but they will. And to attempt to stop people from learning how to make cube locks is in my opinion, not ok.
I’d like to hear your thoughts on this matter, as well as encourage people to be more open with there ideas. If we all locked up and shared nothing, vex would be a sad place.
Additionally, I’ll be attempting to compile some knowledge and perhaps some tutorials pertaining to cube locks, so that everyone has access to knowledge that they could use to improve their bots.