* A sysop
should only use his administrative privileges as a "time
out" to direct discussions in case of conflicts to the talk page,
but he should not do that if he states a position in the
matter. Otherwise he is no longer a sysop or a moderator but an
editor, which is not the function assigned to him.
I'm not even really comfortable with that, unless things have gotten
way out of hand or something. Most importantly, we should ALL exert
social pressure for co-operation rather than Usenet-style argument. It's
hard, but it has worked wonders for us so far.
For an example of "exerting social pressure for co-operation",
see [[Talk:Book_of_Mormon]]. In apparent response to a comment
I made, parties to a dispute began editing their previous
comments <<patting self on back>>. You'll have to dig through
the "older versions" now, to find any of the mean-spirited
comments I was objecting to.