I really dislike bureaucracy for the sake of bureaucracy. Many believe a small group cannot exist unless there are written rules of order. A group is not considered "official" until someone has created some document on paper and used a bunch of legalese whenever possible.
A problem is that no matter how many rules are crafted, situations will occur which had not been contemplated by the rules. Accordingly, new rules get written to cover the new situation. And then another new situation occurs. And another. And another. Eventually, you need a handheld computer with search functions to sift through the rules.
Then the board meeting occurs with suggestions to close the loophole. Due to tempers, the matter gets sent down to committee and back. By the time a resolution has been achieved, the reason for the rule has passed. Worse yet, the situation never occurs again which causes people to wonder why so much time and energy was wasted on grammar.
Other times, a situation occurs which falls directly within the parameters of the rule, but people don't want to enforce the rule because of perceived harshness or unfairness. Thus, an exception gets created.
More rules upon rules upon rules don't necessarily create more order. Moses only brought ten commandments down from Mt. Sinai. A reenacting group of which I am particularly aware has promulgated thirty nine pages of bylaws and safety standards. The ones that Moses carried make more sense.
"While the original battle [Gettysburg] may arguably be considered the epicenter of the history of the war, the GAC reenactment is not the epicenter of the hobby. To confuse or equate the two is unfortunate. - Bernard Biederman, 6 July 2012
"Authenticity conflicts occur when reenactors from one end of the spectrum attend events at the other end of the spectrum then try to impose their own standards instead of event standards."