IF the Rules Team Director was actually the one in charge of MAKING and APPROVING rules, this would be a fair comment to make.
However, there are far too many people - from the SimMaster to the Assistants, to the individual coders - creating and implementing rules without input from anyone else for the Rules Team Director to be in any way responsible for any given rule.
Whoever was responsible for determining the rule is the person who should have been responsible for announcing it. I got the impression Tyr was as surprised to see this rule as the rest of us.
"May the Grace of Ara go with you, and His Vengeance be wrought upon your enemies."
Or perhaps everything has to go through the Rules Director/Rules Team first no matter if it's an ASim or the SimMaster himself. If it's an urgent matter, it can be used like a "patch" and then reviewed and removed/refined/replaced by the Rules Team when possible.
It stops the chaos and certainly will limit these seeming acts of favoritism from popping up so damned often.
Great idea ... only one problem with that. If certain people are going to change rules without announcing, what's going to make them post in this place Tyr sets up? Doesn't solve anything ... we just need people who will actually go through the proper chain of command (pass rule onto Tyr/rules team for approval *before* passing judgement and changing the rules)
This may be an odd question, but as far as precedent and everything goes, back during the Red Senerios, did anyone ever pretend to be arrested or capture or anything like that, and/or did anyone ever pretend to be a member of a faction other than the one they actually are a member of, whether by stealing a uniform or a ship or whatever? If so, isn't that essentially what happened here?
There's always been the rule about not impersonating people (as long as I can remember at least), so when did pretending to be in a different faction become impersonating another person?
I've even stopped checking the rules team stuff (mostly cause they moved it to the dev server and I don't need to be bothered to logout here, login there, then check messages and contribute to something that is 90% certain to get ignored, and 99% of the other 10% that doesn't get ignored gets thrown out...)
I echo Syn's last post. That's an extremely worrying issue, and one that should be corrected.
"There comes a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel o
If you're not allowed to make yourself out to be something other than what you are, you basically have to ban all thieves for stealing, as they gave the victim the impression they would pay. The rule is, therefore, completely idiotic.
To clearly see the nature of the game is to be liberated from it.