1) I find it odd that the people who constantly complain about this never pick up their toys and leave. Seriously, if you hate this perception you have so much, leave, and don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. Everyone reserves the right to point and laugh at you if you come back crying because the alternatives were worse than what you had, though, so keep that in mind.
2) Just because moderation decisions are usually based on community perception of what is acceptable and what is not in addition to an internal fuzzy rubric (I say fuzzy because it isn't set in stone and is more like a set of guidelines than actual concrete rules) of what constitutes in/appropriate behavior does not automatically equate to mob rule or echo chambers. Just like the moderation on Backstage, if we get reports that are pretty clearly not motivated by "there's someone who's actually breaking rules and/or being disruptive" and are more akin to "I don't like this person so I'm going to nitpick every little fucking thing s/he does until you ban them so I stop complaining" they aren't going to be acted on unless there's some actual rule breakage going on. And yes. This does happen. Don't be that guy.
1) As I have already told countless times before, leaving the channel means cutting you off from almost everyone and everything. I still have other OOC channels with a handful of people here, but there are still enjoyable people I only see on OOC. As for the Summit, it's useful ICly.
2) So because alternatives are worse, it's okay to have poor standards ? Be happy with what you get ? And before telling me to create my own channel, please note that i'm just unable to do it, firstly because I suck at motivating people to come, and secondly because people rarely bother to change.
Worth noting that we used to have clearly written rules. People complained they were to strict and inflexible, so we got rid of them.
Can't have it both ways.
There was also a lot of attempts to rules lawyer everything I understand, which as a moderator, I can understand why would be obnoxious as hell.
Yes, especially when it comes from people who like to pretend they are important internet spaceships lawyerpeople IRL.
Rules are the solid basis for moderation. Without rules, it's a mess of whining and popularity contests.
Everything can be sorted out when taking proper time to do it, when without rules it's just based on subjectives biases. It's already open to interpretation over rules, so imagine when it's over a big void...
Everyone can bend it in any way one likes, and it eventually leads to butthurt and unsane situations. It works a lot better on backstage for this very reason, even if the medium is slightly different. You don't need thousand of articles in rules, it only participates to make it worse.
And what Arista said.
NB : anyway, there is no point arguing over that again. =)