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GitHub User: jweakley
attr_accessible can also take an option role using the :as option which allows you to define multiple levels of accessors. You can then use the :as option with new, create, create!, update_attributes, and update_attributes! methods to use the different levels of accessors. Alternatively you could use :without_protection => true if you wanted to bypass all of the mass assignment protection for a single statement, e.g., in a seed file.