The Roncaglia Code
For some time now, Gianluca has been reflecting on the problem that commonly afflicts online servers: the lack of respect for the rules.
Our fast driver, always loyal and respectful of the rules, over time, had to face opponents who did not respect basic rules.
The non-observance of the yellow and blue flags, attacks or defenses beyond the limit or worse divebombing, are just some of the problems that have morally forced him to open protests against the “guilty”. Protest that led to hundreds of months of suspension divided between the various users, but without the situation having improved.
So where was the problem? Were they all crazy splinters?
It was at that point that the truth was clear to him: many users did not know the rules.
An easily searchable list was needed, perhaps sent via email to new subscribers. As Hammurabi did with his stele in ancient Mesopotamia, so Roncaglia drew up the list of rules and code of conduct, proposing it on the SRS forum to be revised and implemented.
Below the full text.
• NEVER drive the wrong way.
• NEVER hit/bump/ram someone on purpose.
• If a BLUE FLAG appears in the upper left corner of the screen, you’re going to be lapped. Never try to fight for keep the place, leave space for the oncoming racer as soon as possible and it is safe to do so and let him pass. Yield the racing line, be predictable (e.g., don’t brake while driving on the racing line at the pit straight) and never interfere with the race leaders or faster cars.
• If a YELLOW FLAG appears in the upper left corner of the screen, there is trouble ahead (incidents, one or more cars off the track…). Be careful, pay attention to what’s happening and slow down accordingly if necessary.
• You need to pass at least the rear of the car in front of you on the straight to gain the right to dispute on the braking. Don’t try to dispute the place if you’re completely behind, especially entering the corners at high speed (“divebombing”).
• Always leave space for an opponent that is flanking you. Don’t cut or push him out of the track.
• Don’t make multiple sideways moves to defend your place. You’re only allowed to change racing line once in a straight.
• Incidents after the finish line counts, so stop safely when the race is ended. Slow down gradually, or get out of the track as soon as possible. Do not stop right after the finish line since other racers may be approaching at high speed and hit you.
• On serving penalties, you may slow down standing on the best racing line only if no other racers are approaching, otherwise you have to leave the best racing line to the oncoming racers.
• Get out from the pits safely, checking that no other cars are approaching. Don’t cross the pit lane. Consider installing apps like Car Radar or Helicorsa in order to be always aware of the position of other cars.
• Always give space to others in qualify if you’re not in a hotlap. Do not fight for places, give always space if the oncoming racer is faster. Try instead to slow down in order to have a convenient gap for the upcoming hotlap.
• If you have to leave the race, do not sit down with the car neither on the track nor off the track. Get back to pits instead.
• Check your ping before racing. If it’s over 200, check your connection. Do not race if your ping it’s too high.
• Chatting during the race is forbidden.
• Apologize with other racers via personal messages if you cause any harm, even if not voluntarily.
• Avoid verbal abuse in public chats. Check the replays before complain.
• Practicing is essential. Do not start a race if you aren’t used/confident with a car and/or a track since major inaccuracies may cause trouble to other drivers.
• If you overtake by hitting another car from behind, it would be appreciable to wait for your opponent and give him back the place if it is safe to do so.
• It’s hard to win a race on T1 at the race start, but it is easy to lose it. Be extra careful on T1.
Will all this be enough to make the track a better place? Will Gianluca’s protests decrease?
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