i bend some rules from time to time, i think the biggest for me is when a ball lands nearby a cart path (within 6 inches) i will just move it away from the cart path just enough so that i know i'm not going to ruin my clubs. i don't ever do it in such a manner that improves my next shot, i just don't think potentially damaging a club is worth it (i have done it before and said never again). other than that i play every lie...hell i got half my body in a lake on saturday and hit a mud ball out (and impressively up a hill onto the green).
the OB stroke and distance is just a tough rule to play on a muni, period. no one really wants another guy going back to the tee box, and if there is no provisional, a 2 stroke penalty and drop is really the only option. there definitely should be an adjustment of that rule i think!!
i hear what you guys say about good players playing together, but when i'm by myself on a busy day, i'll get paired with 2 or 3 players in groups often. unless "good" players only play in numbers divisible by 4, i don't think it's fair to assume the reason i'm not playing with good players is because they would never be paired with me.
as for the shift key thing, seriously guys, get over it!! as another poster pointed out, have you read any text message in the last five years? i cld tell u ppl that 2mrrw i will mssg this way til u c how annoying this cld b.