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Classifieds Use: Our classifieds system is offered as a benefit of membership, commercial listings are permitted only after setting up a commercial member account. We expect ads placed to be related to the topic of this forum.
- Signatures must be kept to a maximum of four (including blank lines) and contain no more than one link. (non-commercial).
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- Ads may be removed by our staff at any time for any reason.
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