RFD Contests Forum - Frequently Asked Questions for Contesters and Posters
This document is the outgrowth of various questions and discussions that have taken place in the Contest Discussions thread over the years, and more recently the Replying "Thanks" (etc.) in Contest Threads poll.
Thank you to various RFD members (including gbamber, ishfish, vilmark, hoob, and many others) for their encouragement, contributions, comments, and suggestions. Any errors and omissions are my own.
Note that this FAQ is geared towards beginner/hobbyist contesters, so please keep that in mind when reading. Professional contesters will probably find little or no value to Section IA ("Contesting Basics (not specific to RFD)"), but Sections IB and II ("For Contesters - RFD Specific" and "For Contest Posters" respectively) may be useful for any newcomers to this Forum.
This FAQ will be locked upon completion. Any questions/comments/suggestions regarding specific points or additions should be addressed in the aforementioned Contest Discussions thread.
(Note to moderators: additional sections marked as "<Empty Space>" have been added and soft-deleted throughout this thread (approximately once every 5-6 posts) to facilitate future additions without having to move around the various sections. All you'll need to do is "undelete" an "<Empty Space>" section when adding new material).