My RP is relatively old so its not surprising that a lot of its current members used to be on the staff at one point or another. A lot of times, staff will actively choose to step down due to personal problems or because they don't believe they'll be able to carry their own weight anymore. Usually they'll stick around as members or disappear for a while and then finally wander back like stray cats. We always welcome them back because they're a little like returning veterans for our board. They fought the good fight and now they deserve some semblance of respect for putting forth all the effort and modding. So, to see one of our old mods come back is nothing new. He hit a rough patch in his personal life and couldn't keep up posting. So he was demoted; no big deal, no hurt feelings. He disappears off the face of the planet for a while and then suddenly reappears. He signs up a character and wants us to bend all these rules because the character type was "his idea"(in actuality, it wasn't; it had been on the table for years, just never discussed) and we didn't follow exactly what he wanted use to do for the character type. We talked to him and managed to come to a compromise... and then he went inactive again. No big deal. Only now he comes back and his new character is in a different character type all together. My RP is a Digimon site and we allow members to play Digimon as well as play Spirit Tamers and Digimon Tamers. He's signed up a Digimon character and from the get go, he's asking for permission to have a special item and he wants to use "customized" Digimon lines. The weapon is fine; me and my fellow Admin are honestly willing to work with him on the weapon... ... its the Digimon lines that makes us pause. See, the site rules explicitly state that the lines for you Digimon have to be supported by something like Megchan or the cards or the games or Wikimon. Somewhere, this line has to have been used in something from the Franchise. The only exception are Digimon from Xros; they can be semi fibbed because of the awkwardness of the show. He's an ex staff, not a new member. He knows our rules and he knows where he can find supported Digimon lines. When he was a mod, he was a really good mod. However, he's of the opinion that the restrictions we place(what few we have) limit the members creativity. I always assumed that working with in those restrictions and coming up with something fantastic anyway was much more creative that just total free reign. I know that if I confront him about the lines, it'll devolve into argument about the "restrictions" of my site. I'd almost be willing to let him slide with the line except that I've turned away other members and forced them to fix their Digimon lines in the past. It would look like favoritism, which I am not fond of. What should I do? Should I just confront him about it and get the argument I know will happen over with? The last time, when we had to do this with him, we ended up, embarrassingly, in a sort of cold war with each other. The entire thing was done over AIM and it was before I was an admin of the board, so it wasn't like it was dragged out onto the board. But we didn't talk for a few months there and I know I specifically refused to accept his character at all. Another staff member ended up doing it, a fact I admit was extremely petty on my part. A better question: is my site just too restrictive by forcing members to have a supported line?