People seem to fall into one of two groups - rule keepers and rule breakers. (This, like all generalizations, is somewhat misleading). I fall on the rule keeper side of things most of the time. If the sign says "No Trespassing Beyond This Sign", I won't go past the sign. (Admittedly, I might move the sign further in the desirable direction).
I think I'm a rule keeper because with four kids and leading a team of eight or ten people means I'm often the rule maker, so I have a healthy respect for the rules...and an understanding that the rule makers have a responsibility in making them.
Rule #256 about Rule Making: No Rule Shall Be Made If That Rule Proves Unenforceable.
While I'm a rules guy, I generally think fewer rules are better than lots of rules, because rules often beget more rules. Rules are like bunnies. You either have one rule (or perhaps 3 or 4 old rules) or you have a million of them.
This is the story that got me thinking about this. Long story short, a Mesa, Arizona high school was having a problem with overly affectionate teens, so they made a rule banning all hugs, except for those two seconds or shorter.
I understand the need to get a hold of the hormone-ick convergences in the hallways, but there is not a teacher on the planet who wants to be the time keeper for teen lovin'. Once you cannot (or don't) enforce a rule, you don't have a rule, you have a joke.
My prediction is that this rule will never work, and that in a few weeks the school administration will just ignore the rule (as will the kids) or be forced to throw the smackdown and declare 'no physical contact', something a little less objective than the two second rule.
The takeaway - make rules only when necessary, but make good ones, or you undermine your own authority.