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- This is an anti-spam measure and it does not apply to this forum (Site/Forum Issues).
- The process may take some time, especially in the small sub-forums with only a single magistrate. If you must, you can PM the relevant mods or magistrates if more than 25 hours has passed.
- If you only post in Forum Games (which does not increase your post count) this could be never ending, unless a moderator manually alters your permissions. It would be nice if you could find one relevant thing to say elsewhere on the forums.
8. IF YOUR POST COUNT IS <5: If you have fewer than 5 posts, there's lots of stuff you can't do. Some of it may come back after 2 posts. Who knows.
- LINKS: If you can't post links, it's because you have fewer than five posts.
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