Yes, the FSPA rules [25 year old now?] always had the intent of "fairness" being the top priority - - the "spirit of the rules" section. When a machine didn't operate as intended, was the irregularity a "minor" or "that's pinball" one, or was it something far enough removed from "normal abnormalities" that it needed to be compensated for, either pro or con? We always considered having an "incorrect" number of balls in play that arose from something other than just weird ball bounces, a kickback misfiring, etc. as something that needed correction. Served two balls? Gotta drain one.
Senior League Officer was used in part exactly because "who's in charge" changed from year to year. I was an SLO for a while, as was Dave Stewart, and many other people have come and gone. And the documenting part was so whomever had to deal with it next, if it was someone different, would know what to do. We weren't really thinking 25 years down the road at the time, but it's now clearly useful we did what we did.
Joe, I'll have to miss your party again this month. Would you and Julie give my regards to the gang? Thanks!