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This post has been edited 14 times, most recently by CMXI 4 months ago
Can one of the mods pin this? Much obliged.
Don't give him too much credit, he's been working on this forever!
Excellent work, cmxi.
But I was really, really worried you were going to add a grammar section!
Can you remove the "Moderators" section? That list is kind of embarrassing.
I didn't even know we had any.
You forgot Mark and Thomas in the writers section.
Excellent work CMXI!
No he didn't. Nope.
Especially with Ducksworth it.
Go Blue and Go Titans!
I guess that's a sentence. Sort of.
Ducksworth doesn't deserve a full sentence from me
The lack of a period at the end of this post just increases the effect. Grammar-burn!
That's only because Corch doesn't know what a period is.
Well, he has a kid, so he's no stranger to missing periods...
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