Originally Posted by montsnmags
I don't know why people are so keen to say "rules" when they usually mean "guidelines".
There is a psychology to the choice between the words 'guidelines' and 'rules.' Guidelines are there to provide suggestions but you can ignore them if you want where rules are there to be followed, or else. Breaking or ignoring a guideline isn't much to ponder whereas breaking a rule requires a more conscious consideration and, if you were taught well, a critical analysis of 'is this better or more proper, why, and can I defend it?'
Much like our legal system, laws (rules) matter but there are exigent circumstances where you clearly violated the precept but in a forgivable way.