What, exactly, are the rules?
Why do these rules exist?
By whose authority are these rules upheld?
What’s more important—the spirit or letter of these rules?
Has anyone ever found or been granted an exception to these rules?
Could these rules be bent, modified, overlooked, or otherwise changed?
Will someone be penalized for excelling under the rules?
What are the consequences for breaking the rules?
What are the people who made these rules really afraid of?
Feel free to add to this list if you’d like. I’m traveling this week and will post as many comments as I can from the road.