@lacsap I would ask the referee, more so, if I were familiar with the referee. Think of the other teams who may not have the same familiarity with the referee, or spectators. It is the perception of impropriety in this situation that makes it more important to explicitly ask the referee before touching game objects after a field reset.
I mean, I've never been suspicious of someone adjusting a game object unless it looked good enough already. Even then, it's not a big deal to me, or anyone I've met.
@lacsap The situation described was of a team reaching in and changing the orientation of the cones, not the position. Not ok.
I agree, and I said as much in my first post. That is explicitly prohibited.