Becca, with regards to your statements about the art, of course a little deviation is to be expected, however the guidelines that were originally set for Celendria (and the ones that are /still/ being linked to) are no longer even being followed. I have an msn conversation with the head artist that proves this to be true; apparently the style was changed from "one strong bold highlight with two, maybe three layers of shading" to something else entirely, and I was never notified, and the expectations were never formally stated to be changed. I'd seen items of extremely varying styles be accepted when my own, which followed the style guide to a t, were rejected entirely.
Now, I don't personally believe this to be pickiness, because the whole idea of Celendria's artwork /is/ consistency, according to the art head, owner, and other members of core staff. But if consistency is the key, why is there such a lack of it? In my months of working there I struggled to maintain what I believed to be the style even after being critiqued by the one who developed the site's style. When I was sure I'd gotten the style right, it was turned around and edited into something completely different, something that didn't even fit the style guide. I'm not the only artist who has had this confusion, and I believe that when we mention the inconsistency, it is not an attack on the artists of the site, but an observation of how the style is so loosely thrown around by the head artist.
Joy, as for why they don't make the unofficial rules official, I have no idea. I'd gotten warned for having a youtube video autoplay when it wasn't in the rules that it wasn't allowed, and upon asking for it to be added, the staff stated that it would be, but it never did make it into the official rules. As far as I'm concerned, you can't tell a user not to do something based on the fact that it is "common sense" when really it isn't common sense at all. And when it isn't even in the rules, how can you expect users to conform?