A quote from one of Ignorant's earlier posts:
"Here we have a difference of opinion. IMO the task of a Committee is to organize the event, set the frames to it and enforce the Rules (so to say) during the event. Educating competitors in Rules is not Committee's task."
He's interested in enforcing the Rules, not helping competitors understand and apply the Rules. I'll give him some credit, he's consistent with that aged approach, even though I entirely disagree with it. Imo, the Committee, particularly the Rules officials, are there to help the competitors play within the Rules.
Bingo! When I worked for the CGA we were taught there we were there not only to make rulings after the infraction, but to assist the players on rules issues before they made a mistake. That meant being visible and helpful on the course and off. By helping the players with correct information on the rules, we give something back to the game we love.
Just standing around waiting for a player to breach a rule is mean spirited. By being proactive we help improve the game for everyone. And by doing that, we as rules officials are viewed as more than just course cops. I try my best to be approachable and helpful in my official capacity.