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Apr 22, 2006 11:22 AM
by Eldon B Tucker


Following is the message that goes to new subscribers of theos-talk when
they first join the list. The message has changed over the years, so some of
the long-term subscribers may not be familiar with the current version. It's
important for participants in the list to read and be familiar with it since
it sets the ground rules for participation in theos-talk. 

-- Eldon Tucker

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