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Old February 23rd, 2014, 07:45 AM   #1
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Last edited by imaginethat; December 15th, 2016 at 12:21 PM. Reason: changed "warnings" to "points" ... jesus how did we miss that????
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Old March 12th, 2014, 04:15 PM   #2
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This rule has been updated.

Link-only threads and link-only posts are not allowed. Repeat violators of this rule will receive a violation point.

The new version:

Link-only threads and link-only posts are discouraged. "Link only" means posting an article or picture with no comment. Repeat violators of this rule will receive a violation point.
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Old April 17th, 2014, 06:59 PM   #3
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