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I've found that online forums tend to work much better when there are rules, and not just guidelines. Having rules that everyone is aware of, and held accountable to, cuts down on people questioning the actions of moderators, because it becomes obvious why they did what they did. It also puts some strength behind their actions, because they then are enforcing rules that the member agreed to as opposed to carrying out their current whim. It also avoids situations where one mod would let something go while another wouldn't -- they both have to behave the same way with regards to the post. On the board where I moderate, I disagree with a few of the rules. The Admins know this, yet they still chose to promote me to Senior Moderator, because they know that I enforce all of the rules equally, including the ones I disagree with, and I don't play favorites among the members. The only members that get upset by the rules are the ones you don't want frequenting the forums, anyway.