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Old 09-21-2009, 06:45 PM
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Dear Actuarial Outpost members,

In recent weeks, the Actuarial Outpost has been forced to address
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:42 PM
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Just as a quick refresher, I'm posting the current AO Terms of Service.

Please remember, we average 1,500 members logging in every day, who make about 15,000 posts per week. The moderators and I do not read every single post that is made on the AO. That is why we need your help with reporting any behavior that is questionable.

<---REPORT-POST-BUTTON--| That's what the report post button looks like. It's attached to all 3,895,114 posts here on the AO. Log in, click it, leave a short message, and a Report Ticket will be generated.

Thanks everyone, for all of your help.

And now... the TOS


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P.S. Interesting factoid: This is post #3,964,121 and the forum's total post count is 3,895,114. Subtract those two numbers, and you get a difference of 69,007. That's how many posts have been
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