*Originally posted by Jnadke *
**There were no loopholes in the first place. People just don’t know how to read.
GM31 already established that it is unacceptable to push against multiple barriers. It also established that the field barriers are merely a safety feature, they are not meant to be reacted upon. They chose to ignore this, now they must pay the consequences. Simple as that. **
It’s not that simple. I’m quite proficient with reading, see, as I’ve been doing it since before Kindergarten.
Rule GM31, as it was originally published, certainly has no loop holes. It prohibits contacting multiple surfaces with the intent of wedging your robot in place, making it immovable. It prohibits robots from supporting themselves on the top outer field barrier and on the top of midfield barrier (not a safety feature, but a field feature, in my opinion). It says, specifically, “Contact with all of the barriers is acceptable.”
Saying that the “extra wording” confuses things is patently false. It changes the rule. Reading the rule would reveal that.
FIRST didn’t patch loopholes with regard to this rule. They’ve changed it, multiple times, and without any real consistency. The wording is not misleading, however your interpretation is incorrect; at least as the rule existed at kickoff.
So, with all due respect, don’t tell others they don’t know how to read because you fancy yourself to be so important as to be able define what words in a rule are superfluous or poorly chosen. Those words aren’t confusing, misleading, or unnecessary. They define the rule by elucidating, specifically, what it means to ‘react’ against the playing field.
FIRST, clearly, wasn’t happy with this rule, or they themselves didn’t know what it was intended to do, as it has changed many, many times. Where contacting multiple surfaces at a single time is concerned, I think it has remained clear. Where interfacing with the midfield barrier is concerned, FIRST’s later use of wording like ‘incidental contact’ and allowing mechanisms that lower the light mechanically by hitting the barrier, while seemingly making other, similar mechanisms illegal leaves a lot to be desired.