Thank you, Count.
i've noticed that, and i find that decision to be rather odd. Not bad~ just- odd. Beyond my understanding, i suppose- because to me, it makes 'the thing' Dead... Past... Gone... Done.
And i think of in- universe things as very much Alive, Dynamic: Still with a story to tell, a future, even more Past... given the nature of Star Trek.
Maybe it's to help distinguish Fantasy from Reality, for those who would be confounded???