In the evaluation of SG3 the manual states the following:
A Robot which interferes with gameplay as a result of violating this rule, such as preventing a Platform from becoming Balanced, will result in a Disqualification, whether the interference was Match Affecting or not.
Additionally, in the definition for "Balanced", the following note was added in the latest manual update:
As stated in rule <SG3>, a Platform which is being contacted by an opposing Alliance Robot at the end of a Match is automatically results in a Disqualification for the opposing Robot and / or Alliance, regardless of the above criteria.
This raises the question of what counts as "interference" in the context of SG3? The new note implies that any contact with the platform constitutes interference, regardless of whether the Platform would otherwise be in a Balanced state. Is this correct? And does this assumption apply to all points of the match or only at the end of the match?
For example, if a red robot contacts the blue Platform in the last 30 seconds of the match while both blue robots are nowhere near the Platform and then is no longer contacting the Platform when either of the blue robots get near the platform, would this be considered a violation of SG3 and a DQ for the red robot?