Cape Cod Massachusetts USA
kaile - Did ya ever feel like you were talking to yourself??...
You're right - there are a couple of schools of thought on this issue. Traditionalists say you need to adhere to format - Liberalists disagree... It's similar in other formatted poetry, such as the sonnet, the villanelle, the pantoum, & others...
My personal opinion is that you need to know how to follow the rules properly before you can break them properly... Ergo - my workshops are designed to teach the standard formats of poetic works...
One of our most proficient haikuists here at Passions is Beki - Very few people are aware of that, as she doesn't post all that often... She's been around a bit lately, though... Maybe we could get some input from her...