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Old 09-11-2005, 09:46 AM
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Hey folks, just a friendly reminder of work in progress. Last year, I (and a few others) worked hard to develop these comprehensive guidlines. You may recall seeing these when you registered. Working with a new (small, informal & focused) advisory team, I'll be revising these in the coming weeks. These are found in the FAQs (upper right) for your reference. Stay tuned!

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Everyone is welcome to have their opinions and interpretations, but our shared goal is to foster an environment where people do not feel intimidated by rants, bullying, and repetition. Remember that our community is publicly accessible and is read by many, many more people than just registered members. These guidelines clarify these principles to help maintain a peaceful community. We aspire to help people!

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Fell on my ***winter 2003, Canceled fusion April 6 2004
Reborn June 25th, 2004, L5-S1 ADR Charite in Boston
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