This is a confusing update. It is also not clear what is meant by elements and assemblies.
Assemblies are things like gearboxes, assembled ramps…, but what are elements? Are they parts, software, ideas, tools, giveaways, buttons, pins, hats, chemical elements :rolleyes: , or something else?
Possible Intent 1: Prevent ramp anchors or one time use container grabbers that ‘ruin’ the experience of a third partner.
The intent would be to prevent what happened to 1114’s alliance with 1547 (robot was a stationary ramp anchor) or 254’s alliance (1323 failed to show up for many elim matches, attempted to grab containers, failed, and didn’t move significantly in teleop).
The merit of preventing these situations is up for debate, but it’s clear that this rule update won’t solve the problem.
Partners can (and will) still do nothing in finals matches. If we were lucky enough to be the third partner of 148, and I knew that I was likely to get in the way, I know our team would hold our robot off of the field if necessary. It’s too late to correct the flawed game dynamics.
Possible Intent 2: Prevent a team from bringing another entire robot and giving it away. This is the situation where one team carries the other team to the point where they aren’t involved in their robot any more.
The argument can be made that donating a can burglar or a clever mechanism and adapting it to an existing robot can be a very inspiring process for a newer team, but it’s very hard to make the case that replacing an entire robot would be ‘inspiring’.
FIRST has happened for a long time, and this situation has never happened. There is no reason to think that it will happen this year, but common sense tells us that the happy, Graciously Professional tradition of lending assembled gearboxes, batteries, pneumatic cylinders…, will happen quite a few times.
Possible Intent 3: Prevent 2011 style minibot collaboration that helps both teams.
Why? I don’t get it.