If you're going to have rules, you better feel like enforcing them.
This was a topic on Fet, where a new Master had all these seemingly strict rules but in further discussion it turned out he didn't enforce them all the time. Only if he felt like it, and sometimes harshly, but sometimes not at all.
Ok, I'm a dog trainer. The trainer gets the dog they deserve, and the Master gets the slave he deserves. We always say there is no one true way, but these are things that are important to ME, and that I have heard other slaves say are important to them as well. They may not be universal, but still could be a handy guide for the newbie.
I think in terms of consistency, clarity, function, and success. I believe this new Master is doomed to failure if he continues on this path of vague, unenforceable and oddly strict seeming rules, and here is why:
1. Consistency: It gives the slave confidence that what they are doing is right and necessary.
2. Clarity: Don't make rules that contradict each other because then the slave will blow off the whole deal as impossible to follow. The same for rules that are overly vague and flowery.
3. Function: Make sure your rules fit in with the realities of life. No one can ask before doing EVERY single thing. May I breathe, sir? Oh, he's asleep, I guess I won't breathe then. No. This is not reality.
4. Success: Allow the slave to be successful by paying attention to consistency, clarity and function.
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