What you see is what you get. If you choose to see rules in a summary of what I observed participants doing, go right ahead, but it's silly.
What I would ask that you think about is that "laid back and enjoyable" for participants means the host has worked hard to be sure it can go smoothly with that attitude. Just because it's invisible during the a Gathering doesn't mean they haven't done much to be ready and aren't working pretty hard during the event, no matter how helpful the participants are.
Hold one and you will soon see that you appreciate the information I provided, which was requested in another thread, and which nearly every person who has attended our Gatherings has asked me via e-mail or PM.
I'm making a point of this for a reason, not to "get back at" you, Guest. It's this simple: no one who is willing to host a Mudcat ANYTHING, of any variety, should get any crap, about any aspect of it, from anyone. Or pretty soon no one will want to host them anymore.