First of all Oreo, everyone who is constructive can and has been allowed to join the Maintenance Team. We're not particularly picky, the only real requirement is that people seriously just want to help and dont lose their temper, but instead try to get things done. And I guess they must actually understand the game and its problems.
There's been a few hundred eras now, the admins have all admined for years and there's been good and (unfortunately) bad patches. This sucks. As a player, it sucks to stay awake and an admin didn't release his garrisons, no matter the reason for it. Changes have already been made to some aspect (world pause at end, soon world rewards, perhaps automated relics and garrisons, simplification of the rules hopefully so admins can easily fill in again), The rules are a part of the cause really, another part is just humanity (admins have moved, had children, married, divorced, lost acess to their house, got hospitalized, lost their internet..) - We've been working on mitigating that bit by bit but that's not something to discuss further here.
What to discuss here is/was the idea of a global ruleset. It's clear it's desired and most seem to feel like they'd prefer any global ruleset over "rules they may like, but unclear". In fact, one prevailing theme is that people are both before and against multiple rules, but both sides agree it should be clear.
As for actual rules, it's not entirely how you put it but you're not entirely wrong either.
Let me be clear: We (as a company) originally made the game, we do have the final say on rules. Why? Because ultimately it's up to us to keep the game alive and to make sure any rules are enforceable.
The process we went for was: Rules from the perspectives who managed the game -> Nitpicked and improved by constructive players who fully understand all the consequences. And in a couple of days we'll run it by the community, and see what they think. We'll happily look at suggestions, and even give a vote.
That doesn't mean its democratic either, it's not. This is a game owned by a company, we love this game asnd we love the community, but ultimately its survival is our responsibility first and foremost. Secondly, it's not the community that has to enforce rules, it's the admins. If we can't enforce it in a way we won't get into trouble every day, I'm sorry but we're not going to be doing that rule.
Grey (hard) decisions are bad for everyone, they always end up with a loser as well. Admins shouldnt be causing losers, wars should.
So yeah, youll get your say and it'll be as open as reasonable, just please keep in mind that there's a lot to consider.
Since this topic serves no real purpose except discussing things from ages ago now, I'm closing it for now. We can continue this on a new topic with the actual suggested rules listed within the next two days. That's when we can constructively reach something again.