Re: So which rule ...
Sarah: "I am not sure what lesson The Guardian has for us"
'Zackley. For the benefit of 'RegisterFail' (whose nick is a bit of a giveaway innit?), one is a spiky online-only IT biz magazine with highly technical content leavened by some downright bizzarre stuff, the other is a national newspaper which has a website devoted to, er, newspaper-style news and liberal-ish comment. And, for that matter, I don't see a direct comparison with /. either
If 'RegisterFail' doesn't like El Reg, s/he doesn't have to read it. Simples*.
*I love those meerkat adverts