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1. Select the appropriate CATEGORY for your new topic.  The categories are listed on the Forums home page which you can display by clicking on the Forums link at the top of the message boards window. A few categories are for informational purposes only and are set to READ ONLY, so you can't post a new topic in them.  Also, certain categories are reserved for specific audiences and are password protected. 

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