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In Forza 3, there's an icon I colloquially call the "slop" icon. It looks something like this:

Apparently some users are Unicode impaired?

I've figured out a few of the conditions for it, but a few more elude me. This definitely seems to happen whenever you collide with any other car, the walls, an obstacle, etc. (Including just a quick rub.)

But other times ... I swear I've seen it come up when I've had no contact with anything and have stayed on the track. I've seen laps start with it when the previous lap had it.

What are the conditions for this notification? It's not really detailed in the manual.

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Is it supposed to look like a box? Going by you saying "triangle" in the title, I'm assuming not, so if it isn't, I suggest using an image instead of the Unicode (perhaps just screenshot that text, haha ♪) – Grace Note Jun 13 '11 at 12:57
Updated for the Unicode-impaired. – John Rudy Jun 14 '11 at 1:11
Now I can't see it, because I have image sites blocked at work :p – Rawling Jun 14 '11 at 8:47
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From the Forza forums:

Certification guide:

Forza 3 contains two different types of lap times. Certified and uncertified. Certified times are always ranked higher than uncertified times, no matter how fast they are.

To uncertify your times, there are a few things that could happen:

Go off track
Hit a wall
Hit another car
Draft in front or behind another car at over 100mph

One other thing that can uncertify your times is doing something to uncertify in the last sector of a lap. This will uncertify the next lap as well.

There is one source of confusion, and that is whether bottoming out uncertifies your lap or not. In my experience, it does not. Bear in mind, on Le Mans, it is very easy to uncertify by driving outside the white lines, even though you are still on the tarmac. This is not a glitch, so try to be careful.

Drift Certification

There are two things that will uncertify a Drift lap:

Going backwards
Using rewind

This lines up with what I remember about the game, although I've not played in a while.

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+1, but I'm still calling it the slop icon. :) – John Rudy Jun 14 '11 at 1:11
Also ... why would drafting over 100 decertify you? I mean, I guess it's a bit dangerous, but really, drafting is a part of (at least some kinds of) racing ... – John Rudy Jun 15 '11 at 16:25
I think it's because it involves interacting with other cars... it's not a "pure" lap time; you can't reproduce it e.g. on a time trial. (I didn't realise it was only over 100; maybe under 100 drafting doesn't actually do anything.) But then, as you say, real racing has best lap times, including drafting... – Rawling Jun 16 '11 at 8:04

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