New FSAE Rules Question and Answer System

WARRENDALE, Pa., Dec. 3, 2012 - New Procedure - The online FSAE Rules Question and Answer System (RQ&A) is now operational at fsaeonline.com.   Effective immediately all questions concerning the FSAE Rules submitted by teams entered into FSAE Michigan, FSAE Lincoln and FSAE Electric must be submitted online through RQ&A.  Teams entered into competitions outside North America should continue to submit questions according to the procedure in effect for the competition(s) to which the question applies. 

Beta Test – FSAE RQ&A has been through small scale tests and is now ready for open beta testing.   December 3, 2012 until January 31, 2013 will be RQ&A’s beta test period.   During that period we want you to (1) notify us of any problems you encounter with RQ&A and (2) provide us with suggestions for improving the system.   We promise to fully consider your recommendations although we may not be able to implement all of them.  

Feedback - Please send your comments and suggestions to feedback@fsaeonline.com . 

If you are notifying us of a problem be sure to attach a screenshot with the browser's address bar fully visible in addition to your description of the problem.

How to Submit Questions

Log in – Log into www.fsaeonline.com and go to "Ask a Rules Question", a new menu item under your Team Member menu.

Personal/Team Identification – No action required.  Your personal/team identification will be automatically inserted by the system.

Subject – Please indicate the issue you are raising.   Subjects should be of the form “Side Impact Structure”, “Main Hoop Bracing” or “Triangulation of Front Bulkhead”.  

Do not simply write “FSAE Rules Question”, “Question from XYZ University” or even “Question about Rule T7.1.7”.   We already know you are asking a question and you have to list the rule number - tell us the question’s topic. 

Rule Number – List the number of the rule, or rules, that are related to your question. Follow the format examples on the form, such as T8.3.1.   To reference a rule from an older version of the FSAE Rules, prefix it with the year; for example 2011:T8.1.3

Next Step – After you have written your subject and rule number hit the “Next Step” button.

Question – Write your question exactly as you would in an email.

Attachments – Attach any files that will help us understand your question. 

Submit – After you have written your question and attached your files hit “Submit”.

FAQ Reference – After your question has been submitted the system might propose FAQs that may answer to your question. If your question is answered by an FAQ, then please click the 'Resolves my Inquiry' button to indicate that further assistance is not necessary.

Responses from Officials

Information Requests from Officials – if the officials need additional information to answer your question, then the request will be posted under your question.   Your team will receive a separate email notification of a new post.   Your team is responsible for monitoring your questions and promptly providing any requested information. 

Answer – The answer to your question will be posted and your team will receive an email notification of the posting.

FAQ Posting – If the officials believe that your question might have some interest to other teams, then an edited version will be posted as an FAQ. Contact information and team-specific elements will be removed.  FAQ postings will not be attributed to the submitting team.