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As always, the normal rules of behavour on AOA apply to the Staff and Subscribers topic. Those who join and cannot properly restrain themselves will face the same banning as any other user who violates the rules. In the event that a subscribing member has to be banned NO REFUNDS will be offered or given for fees paid. Subscriber membership in the Subscriber Topic is a privilege, not a right. To abuse a privilege is to lose it.

There are some restrictions on the custom titles. As this is a family-friendly forum, swearing/cussing and other words that are normally unacceptable in posts will also be considered unacceptable in custom titles. Additionally, you cannot use the custom title to imply any level of staff access. For example "M4d Sk1llz )vercl0ck3r" is acceptable, but "Chief Engineer" is not. The final decision as to the acceptablity of a custom title lies with the admin team.

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    Our reptiles are our way of recognizing continuing participation without placing so much importance upon post count that a new member feels left out or unappreciated.

    We hope you will find them a friendly way of saying thank you for joining AOA and staying on the help the next guy.
    1. Newt = <250 posts
    2. Gecko = 250 posts
    3. Salamander = 500 posts
    4. Iguana = 1000 Posts
    5. Komodo Dragon = 2000 posts
    6. Lounge lizard = Staff
    7. T-Rex = Admin
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    All features are available after 25 posts, some much sooner.

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