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(11-11-2005 Addendum): We have seen instances on local blogs of single individuals using multiple aliases effectively to drive conversation in a certain manner. Such behavior will not be tolerated on this message board, and any such instances will result in ALL of the user's registered accounts being terminated without warning. The administrators of this board may also, at their discretion, publicize information that identifies the offender (email addresses and/or IP addresses).

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