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Inappropriate content

OASIS reserves the right to remove any content that it deems inaccurate, inappropriate, misleading, not directly related to the Focus Area topic, or not in keeping with the mission of the site. Those who violate these editorial guidelines repeatedly may be prohibited from future participation.


See also:

- Code of Conduct
- XML.org Styleguide
- Sponsoring a Focus Area
- Language options
- Editorial boards

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