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1. MINIMUM AGE
Discussions on the Wa-pedia Forum are for a mature audience. We are aware that maturity can vary greatly across people of a same age. Nevertheless we would like to set a minimum age of 18 years old to join our community.
2. MUTUAL RESPECT
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7. REASONS FOR BEING BANNED
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WE RESERVE THE RIGHT
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Finally, the section headings used herein, including descriptive summary sentences at the start of each section, are for convenience only and shall not affect the interpretation of the Forum Rules.