Rules of Engagement for Zelig Kopel

... for the purpose of increasing the quality of our interactions.
    It's all there! Black and white, clear as crystal! - Willy Wonka
Revision 1.3 (2020/07/15)

Section 1: Communication

Crocker's Rules

I declare Crocker's Rules. You may speak to me without politeness, convention, or PC. Further details below:

Declaring yourself to be operating by Crocker's Rules means that other people are allowed to optimize their messages for information, not for being nice to you. Crocker's Rules means that you have accepted full responsibility for the operation of your own mind - if you're offended, it's your fault. Anyone is allowed to call you a moron and claim to be doing you a favor. (Which, in point of fact, they would be. One of the big problems with this culture is that everyone's afraid to tell you you're wrong, or they think they have to dance around it.) Two people using Crocker's Rules should be able to communicate all relevant information in the minimum amount of time, without paraphrasing or social formatting. Obviously, don't declare yourself to be operating by Crocker's Rules unless you have that kind of mental discipline.

Note that Crocker's Rules does not mean you can insult people; it means that other people don't have to worry about whether they are insulting you. Crocker's Rules are a discipline, not a privilege. Furthermore, taking advantage of Crocker's Rules does not imply reciprocity. How could it? Crocker's Rules are something you do for yourself, to maximize information received - not something you grit your teeth over and do as a favor.

New Day Policy

Each day is a new beginning. I hold no grudges and harbor no enemies. It is safe to assume I have reset myself after one sleep cycle.


If I send 'ping', the communication is time sensitive. The traditional response is 'pong'.

Real-time Communication

Preferably Telegram. Secondarily, phone/SMS at 7l3-26l-O73O.

Section 2: Social

  1. NAME PRONUNCIATION: Zelig, pronounced however you'd like, even Bob is fine.
  2. Don't take me too seriously when I play devil's advocate. If you can't argue opposing views, you don't fully understand either.
  3. Being mindful and decent are important to me. I expect both.
  4. I've my own set of values, beliefs, and morality, and I exercise my judgment. =)
  5. I'm [E/I]NTP-A and my humor is dry. Think Ben Stein.

Section 3: Love Life

I prefer the primary/secondary model and a single primary life-long partnership. I don't easily pick up on interest or advancements, so subtlety and passiveness aren't the best approach. The use of Crocker's Rules is always welcome. Regarding consent and myself, no means no, maybe means maybe, yes means yes, and silence whatever you'd like it to mean.