Nobody notices, it eventually dies of old age. Sounds legit to me! Or it sounds like it would have been legit if TNG had gotten an 8th season. I like the 7th season - certainly beats the first, but yes, I can see how the creators’ imagination has run a little wild. But not wild enough! Here’s a whole twitter account of what might have happened after that fateful poker game that we never got to see!

https://twitter.com/TNG_S8