Quoted from markmon:
I'm not trying to troll here. And I know this is Robin's forum and he can do what he wants. But this is a serious question. Why is "be nice" even a rule? How is not being nice policed? What constitutes being nice or not being nice? The concept of "be nice" is so so subjective and not specific. I can understand rules like no name calling or no swearing. These are specific behaviors that you can immediately police and there are no questions about when these need policing. But "be nice" just is impossible to properly police.
For example, what if someone posts incorrect information? On one hand it's a disservice to the community to not correct this. On the other hand it is not "being nice" to correct this. And if you're going to correct a fact that's wrong you shouldn't have to tip toe around in an apologetic manner in doing so.
What if you disagree with someone? Debates, even respectful ones, can feel not nice to the person losing. Are we also banning all debates?
Its not being nice to stern or such to complain about prices or code. Is that out now? Should it even be?
I'd propose that "be nice" shouldn't even be a rule. Perhaps some specific rules that are black and white and clear should replace something so ambiguous as "be nice".
Just my thoughts
Sounds to me like your trying to figure out which limits on "nice" can be pushed. RGP doesn't have this rule. It's full of the type of guys that b@tch about not being able to go into someone's house party and pee in a potted plant. You don't need a remedial help program to type polite sentences. If you don't get it, you probably belong over there. They have an alumni support group for those kicked off pinside and by "alumni support group" I mean forum Dou$hebags.