Thanks for driving this initiative Matt, it was a fair amount of work but very necessary.
It has been several years since the forum rules have been updated and the general feeling has been that they no longer fully reflected the culture of the SLD. There was also a lack of transparency when it comes to consequences for those people who find themselves on the other side of the rules. Going forward I intend to keep the forum rules as more of a "living document" than previously so we can react better to changes and growth.
Hopefully all this is pretty clear. If anyone has questions please post them or PM Matt / myself.