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FAQ for FS

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Index

  1. General questions
    1. What does FS mean?
    2. Why make another scoring system when there are many alternatives available?
  2. Technical
    1. What are the requirements to run FS
  3. Scoring
    1. What scoring formulas are available
    2. Why does FS allow changing GAP parameters during a competition?

General questions

What does FS mean?

That is a secret.

Why make another scoring system when there are many alternatives available?

RACE was initially made available for free for CIVL members use, but as GPS scoring became the normal method of scoring competitions the development of RACE stalled. Limitations in the code and structure of RACE meant it was better to start from scratch to solve the challenges for scorers, and also be able to handle future changes to the scoring formats and formulas.

There are and have been several variants of GPS scoring programs available, some commercial, some for free. They have all been useful but most have been discontinued as the market is very small, or the use of the solution require high technical knowledge.

The goal of FS is to be free and open source, very efficient, easy to use, and well documented.

Technical

What are the requirements to run FS

You need a very basic setup - any computer that can run Windows and .NET 2.0. A serial port/USB port for GPS tracklog download is very useful, but the traclogs does not need to be downloaded on the same computer that FS is installed on. FS itself require little memory and disk space, but you might want a USB stick or extra drive to back up tracklogs and such.

Scoring

What scoring formulas are available

As of version 1.2.8 you can choose between GAP and PWC forumulas. The GAP formula can be set up as GAP 2000, GAP 2002, OzGAP 2005, and GAP 2007. See the ScoringFormulas Wiki page.

Why does FS allow changing GAP parameters during a competition?

Even though FS will allow you to do this, does not mean you should. FS will allow this to give the scorer and organizer maximum flexibility. There might be situations where this is needed. For example to make it possible to change the minimum distance if the competition is moved to another site where the original min distance might be dangerous or unfeasible.