It's not that i disagree with what your saying Kobuk,
But I remember yourself making a questionnaire about the RP and there was a suggestion of moving the RP to another site suggesting slight aggravation.
I just don't want the whole of the RP section to be questioned and quarantined because of developing outburst that have been occurring.
I mean it's standard procedure that has been shown in many cases where if something goes wrong the whole group becomes questioned which is again reflected in a post you made recently when you warned all role players (not all of us need warning).
Sometimes a general notice to all members is more appropriate than calling out a select few. Like in high school when a group of 10 students get caught doing some kind of prank or something, and the principal makes a school-wide announcement that that sort of thing won't be tolerated. Those who it is more-or-less directed to will know it. And those who have been following the rules all along will know that it wasn't necessarily directed at them.
My final point is though the idea of placing each GM to have soul and complete responsibility over their own RP. There are facts that there will/was/are some players who do not have the responsibility (either due to age, time , just unable, or don't want to) to A). Moderate a role play or B). Respond respectfully with a GM/other players wishes.
In short there are people who are just role playing and enjoying the experience. It's not fair to make outwardly warnings to ever role player because then it comes down to categorization, and it's fine to say its in the rules but the point is there is always going to be a moderator, administrator, etc. To see it through. In certain cases the GM's own words just won't cut it.
It not necessarily need to be appointing a new staff but allowing a current staff to be recognized as overseer.
Please think about it for the sake of all RP'ers reputation.
If a GM doesn't have the time or ability to manage an RP, then they shouldn't make that commitment. I know that sounds harsh, but that's just the nature of having an RP. If somebody has an idea for an RP, but they don't feel able to GM, they should bring it up to somebody else who can make that commitment. Or perhaps post their idea and say that they're looking for participants as well as somebody to step up and GM for it. But then the person who came up with the concept needs to realize that they aren't running the game anymore, so if the new GM takes it a different direction than they intended, they just have to roll with it.
Frankly, being a GM is about more than just coming up with a concept for an RP. It's kind of like buying a puppy. You can't just go buy a puppy and expect to spend all your time with it just playing with it. You still have to feed it, walk it, take it to the vet, and clean up after it. There's responsibility attached to being a GM. But based on what we've seen, and what you've said, people aren't accepting or acknowledging that responsibility.
It's in the rules that the GM functions as the lead for the RP, and that they have the final word when some sort of direction is given. And the staff have reiterated this a few times in the past couple months. Would it really make that much of a difference to have a colored name watching over that board specifically? Do we really need to pull a staff member away from their duties on the rest of the forums just so they can watch over the RP section and ask "What did the GM say?" any time there's an argument about something?
I think that this discussion, combined with some past experiences, could actually serve to help people understand these roles and responsibilities. And that is the ultimate goal, here. There should be a decent degree of autonomy within the section. And I think that once these are generally understood, the RP section will be healthier for it. It's just been a bit of a rocky road so far.