The author of Repeaterbook.com is a Portlander and obviously experienced the Oregon North System. Well written.
“Rules that promote good operating practices and promote a better a well-mannered community environment are important. The unfortunate part of some rules is that they sometimes go beyond the rules that help encourage good operating practices that we used to call “Elmering.” Instead, the promote exclusivity, classes, and cliques within the community. I often wonder, “if a repeater owner wants his system of repeaters to be quiet, why is it even hooked up to a c-bridge that connects to the rest of the world?” Just cluster them and wall off from everyone else. It’s like building your house along the busy highway for good transportation access but complaining about the traffic.”