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2012-12-16 20:42:06
2012-12-16 20:42:06

Some answers are incorrect and some are nonsense in those cases the answers are either edited or removed. This is done in order to make sure that no one is misinformed or in some cases offended. Also, some contributions to the answer page are debates and some are discussions that do not directly answer the question. Often a new contributor doesn't take the time to read the guidelines available at the Help Center and starts off on the wrong foot.

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