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and commenting on bugs, feature requests, and tasks for the Mozilla community.
No single contributor's work outweighs the importance of civility and professionalism
in the Mozilla community.
In order to keep Bugzilla a useful, inclusive place we have
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In addition, your participation on this site is also subject to the
Mozilla Community Participation Guidelines.
Violations of Bugzilla Etiquette or the Mozilla Community Participation
Guidelines are grounds for curtailing your privileges on this site, or suspending
your account altogether.
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Constant and intense critique is one of the reasons we build great products.
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comments marked, 'offtopic', 'spam', and 'advocacy' will also be reviewed.
If you think a comment may violate our policies, but your are not sure how to mark it,
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