Regarding <SG12> “Robots may not interact with the gate for more than five seconds…” If a robot tips over or becomes disabled on a gate due to a mechanical problem, and is eventually able to correct itself to allow the gate to be lifted in time but takes more than 5 seconds to do so, does this robot get disqualified due to <SG12>?
Or is this rule aimed toward intentional continuous contact with a gate, not accidental contact?
Yes, they would be disqualified. <SG12> makes no mention of intentional interaction versus accidental interaction. If a Robot interacts with the Gate for more than 5 seconds, they will be disqualified.