Firstly, the logic behind this ruling is completely retarded. Given this "precedent" set that "You are the only person responsible for your actions", does that mean that I cannot trust any people calling help, anyone that looks to be attacking someone or any skirmishes? Because all of them could have been started as a result of RDM and therefore my actions could potentially get me banned? If this is the case then you have effectively stopped most fights from happening without someone having to be playing the risk of getting banned. I do not understand how anyone who apparently is intelligent enough to be an admin can see how this is a good idea.
@Techno argues that this was a previous ruling based on people saying in TS that they are responsible and would take the blame if the KOS is wrong. This is half a story. The reason people say this is because often people in clans don't write KOS in chat and instead announce them over TS where there is no evidence for the admins to confirm this. Hence, if it is invalid the person needs to provide evidence of the KOS announcement in TS to shift the blame that is projected onto them by the evidence available to the admin solving the complaint. I know that often clans would make the members they trust less put it in chat too to help ensure that if the KOS is invalid they don't get blamed.
Seeing this from a PK developer standpoint, we often get pubs in Discord complaining about the rules or clans. Since this, I have been trying to emphasise with them considering if this mod is to ever become more popular again we are going to have to rely on these new players rather than the old ones that have completely played it to boredom. As a pub you often have no one you can trust in the faction, so you cannot trust that any KOS announced are valid. This means that be this "precedent" they would effectively not be able to act on these announcements unless they saw the actual kill reason or they are happy to risk getting banned. This is hardly a pub friendly "precedent" in my eyes.
Furthermore, this goes against many previous complaints and rulings. I am sure that someone with more time and effort can go through and link many more, but here's at least some:
Lastly, I find it disappointing that the current admins are dismissing feedback from previous very experienced admins when something is clearly wrong. Let me be clear, I in no way think that admins that have left have any power or privilege, in fact, I detest any admin that has tried to imply that. However, when several well-experienced admins (and players in fact) like @William , @Hagaron , I and I am sure many others, oppose such a decision I do not think that they should be dismissed in order to quickly close a report. Doing this is simply wasting the experience, knowledge and good practice that Phoenix has developed over the many years it has been running. I think it's just childish and unfortunate that the current admins, such as @MrOtto, think it's a good idea to waste the feedback from previous admins.
I know that PK is almost dead anyway, but if silly decisions like this are continued to be made then I will stop maintaining Phoenix's scripts altogether and release my own scripts to encourage others to start their own PK servers, which many people seem to be willing to do.