A moderator team I was on a while ago had rather clear rules and procedures set up. However, rather than fulfilling the spirit of the rules, and evaluating the available options, some of the moderators followed these rules to the letter, most often jumping for the most radical course of action first.
For an example: A thread posted in the wrong section of the forum was handled by handing out punishments, rather than simply doing the menial task of a janitor and moving the thread.
I have tried repeatedly to address my concerns and note that a more lenient way of handling things might be in order, and that the severity of an "offence" needs to be taken into consideration before acting.
While I certainly see how educating users is an important factor, I would still like to see a bit more balance, rather than an iron first. However, I would rather not cause inconsistencies in how the various moderators handle such a situation.
Should I align with the others, try further to make my point, or simply act the way I think is right despite the others not following suit?