This ruling expressly allows “Gatebots” (robots that expand enough to almost form another “gate” or fence).
I have two questions regarding such robots: 1. These robots are, by nature, “defensively” designed. <G11> says:
With this in mind, would it be allowable to tip a gatebot over (however egregious) while in the act of scoring? (I say however egregious because I realize you can’t make a general judgement without seeing all details…)
2. A pinning question… (I know you’re probably tired of these questions by now, but my searches haven’t showed a similar question…)
For an illustration, turn to page 4 of the manual (the two top-down drawings). Place a red robot in the red isolation zone touching the wall with the 11.5" goal. The red gate is up, with a blue gatebot in its place. Move the blue gatebot closer and closer to the red robot. How far away does the blue robot have to be to not be pinning the red robot?
(I say however egregious because I realize you can’t make a general judgement without seeing all details…)
Intentional tipping is never permitted as per <G11>. However, if you are trying to score and another robot is extended high in the air to try and block you, and they become tipped, this could be ruled to incidental tipping and legal. As you stated, it’s impossible for us to make a blanket ruling without seeing the exact circumstances.