Your Orangey Eminence, Mr Dear Lurtz, Leader of Isengard, Twice-Imagined Excellence of Jacksonian Re-Creation
The rules as posted by Adam seem reasonable and just.
As for The Ethos: well, it was originally coined to distinguish UKP from PN et al; a place where punters could feel at home to air their views without fear females would come along and put them on pre-mod.
However, The Ethos can be used by the unscrupulous as a blunt little tool to suppress freedom of speech, to put down women and exert control over what is posted. In a way, The Ethos – if adhered to too rigidly – can create the same problems that exist on PN but in reverse. And furthermore, heresy against The Ethos – rather than violation of the rules - could be seen as sufficient justification for harsh punishment.
The ethos is a 5-word Mission Statement, not an oath. How can it be? Are punters always right even when they are wrong?
You have introduced something of a red herring, O Thou of the Exquisitely Blemished Skin.
To enter into a contract and then disregard it is a denial of duty and so reprehensible. One may argue about the terms and meanings of the contract, but one either upholds it or doesn't. You could argue about what 'putting the punter first' means, and your interpretation would be diferent from your Esteemed Opponent, the Rt Honourable MarmiteFucking of Jamesian Emergence; but the fact would remain, whatever one's intepretation of 'putting the punter first,' that failing to do so, or putting the WG first (for a more straightforward example), or being a neutral irritant (such as a troll), would be contrary to the agreement you have made when joining the forum and hence reprehensible.
This very simple analysis makes no statements about punters generally or WGs generally. Nor does it make any statement about punters or WGs that choose not to post on UKP. And it is, of course, 'all other things being equal.' It does not say punters are always right - it makes no such judgement - and it makes no claim as to how the ethos should be interpreted. Just that if they follow the ethos of the forum that they are more right than if they do not. Simples!
I respectfully submit that this is a logic that even the you would be happy to choke the odd Ork with - all else being equal. Your respectfully blah-de-blah-de-blah etc etc
ps Shoooorly 'putting the punter first' is 4 words nae 5??
pps If you could maybe flake off a wee bit of that 'Uruk' skin, not so much that you would miss any, I am sure I could blend a special 'strong flavour' marmalade with it ... what do you say?