You hit on a really good point, which is that punishment in any form can create ill will.
I think part of this problem has to do with Dunbar’s number, and part of it is that people aren’t willing to enforce rules on their friends.
I’ve seen people break rules in pretty heinous ways and get a slap on the wrist of less. (I’m talking about safety rules, those are no flippin’ joke)
Then I heard people argue AGAINST punishment because “So and so is a real mensch, let’s give them a break” again, both of the instances I have in mind were regarding safety rules, and the people arguing against punishment were really well known members who have way more clout than I do.
So when I catch someone who seems to have more pull than myself breaking a rule, the implication is that we don’t punish members for fear of chasing them off.
So you can see why I’ve been hesitant to enforce a rule about soda cans.
I like all of those options better, but I don’t know how they might be enforced.
Judging by the guy who ran 3 lasers at a time I would assume that the people who disregard basic rules have little interest in community service.
Forgive me if I’m coming off as jaded. I’ve only been chair a couple of months and I can see why the turnover rate has been so high in Digital Media.