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Have any questions for the Everyday Edisons Interactive (Web) Team? Well now is your chance and here is your place.

Ask questions and find out more from the team who is behind all of the interactive and internet aspects of the Everyday Edisons web site, web sites for all of the products from the show and your very own Edison Nation!

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Hi Chris, If two members join forces and enter
a contest on EN as partners would it be possible
for each of the entries of the same contest share
a dashboard so they can both enjoy watching the
dashboard go green and eventually NO red?

Yes, like Chic says – A Share Button – would be great :D

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A share button

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Hi Guys,
That’s probably better suited for the EdisonNation.com forum (http://www.edisonnation.com/forums/18/topics/969). This forum is designed to help you guys with questions you might have on developing or promoting your own Web sites.

Regardless, that’s a great idea but not a feature that is on our short-term list. It adds a whole lot of complications to the code for a fairly small target audience. We’re trying to focus on the biggest impact features at the moment.

For the time being, you will have to come to agreement as co-inventors and one person will have to submit the idea (just as other inventor groups have done in previous searches). The person who submits the idea is responsible for passing along the info to the rest of the team.

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Thanks Matt,
Also I second the delete button

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Eddie & Chic,
We talked about that internally a while ago and came to the conclusion that we would not implement that feature because it’s a bit misleading.

If you post a comment and then delete it all together after others have replied, it might confuse readers who are just checking in on the thread. At least leaving the shell of your post helps tip people off to what happened.

Our goal in adding the edit button wasn’t to allow posters to completely delete or change their comments but to fix typos. The requirement of a delete button is more of an unintended consequence of a feature being (slightly) misused.

I’d recommend that you just don’t type something that you feel you may need to delete in the future.

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Sometimes deleting your comment entirely is necessary I think. Like in the case where Amber suggested an invention in one of Jason’s inventor game threads and everyone told her that it was too good and to delete it so she did. She didn’t know it was THAT good or she wouldn’t have posted it.

Sometimes you say things that you wished you never said and didn’t realize it until after you’ve said it. It might have seemed right at the time but then after a good night’s sleep and the comments of others, you realize it might not have been the best thing to say. I think it saves alot of people from hurting themselves unintentionally.

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Post removed by author… should be on the EN web forum :)

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So Chris what exactly do you do in terms of EE and EN?

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He’s the Official Monster Pong tester

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Oh, thank you Chic. Chris you look like a very outgoing person in your picture, lol.

Chic its a great experience so far

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Eddie, you’re killin’ me!

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I just caught that… I read it hours ago but missed the spelling error! Ouch!!

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now I have to take it down since Mark spill the beans.

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Apart from helping with the development and planning of many of the Everyday Edisons show products, as Chic so eloquently pointed out. I’m also the lead designer for all of the web aspects of the show and Edison Nation. Basically, I design all of the websites, banners, flash video players, etc. I do more of the design and look of everything. I do some programming with flash action scripting, html, javascript, ajax, css, etc. But guys like Jon, Lake, Arcadio and Matt are the true programmers who make everything work, I just try to make it look pretty.

Oh yeah, and I wear headbands with nicknames on them…from time to time.

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I did catch that error in spelling, but I decided not to correct our friends anymore.
It seems to p*ss them off. So if someone wants
to take over that job feel free. :)

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Toni, it wasn’t an error it was a joke. kinda a mans joke. but even as sharp as Eddie and Kurt it went for almost 24 hours.

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Thanks Chic, I get it.:D

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Hey Mr. Cadams, I just saw the advertisement for
the movie testees. LOL

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Toni check your e-mail

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Sorry :( Thanks Mark – I missed it.

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Toni, Matt already answered that the day after you posted it. It is right below your question. :)

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what is going on with the website? I am trying to enter the Springs Creative Search and I keep getting error messages for multiple ports!
Apache/2.2.4 (Ubuntu) PHP/5.2.3-1ubuntu6.3 mod_ssl/2.2.4 OpenSSL/0.9.8e Server at www.edisonnation.com Port 80
This is really exasperating guys. Is there a problem with the website? More importantly when will I be able to enter my ideas to the search?

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Hi,Cheryl,I’m getting lots of bumping and grinding as well

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Cheryl, this has been going on all weekend. Check out the “official Edison Nation” thread to check out the history.

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Cheryl, try entering now. It seems to be working a little
better.

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Heeellllllp!! I’m trying to enter Springs Creative. Can’t get in at all. I sure hope tomorrow will be a better day. I’m assuming the server is overwhelmed. Can we get an extra day added on since today was a loss for me?

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Me too! I’ve got 10 submissions sitting here, ready to go, and this is the first I’ve been able to even get on the site all day. Now, when I try to get to the submission page it locks up on me. Hope tomorrow is better. I won’t be back ‘till late in the day and will be pretty frantic to get these listed. I put alot of effort into them. I’m encouraged that I at least made it to the forums, finally.

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I was able to get in right after I posted above. Managed to get my entry in, but willl need to do some edits tomorrow. The site seems to be working better now.

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It really doesn’t matter to me much, but this thread is for everydayedison.com and for the websites of the products made on everyday edison.
The official Edison Nation forum is for Edison Nation issue.

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Hi Guys,
For my comments on the “proxy server” errors, please read this thread: http://www.edisonnation.com/forums/18/topics/969

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Hello,

I’m not sure if this is the right forum for this question, but I guess it’s web related. What are the chances of having an option to received an automatically generated email when the status of my LPS changes (ie I go from a G3 to a G4)?

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Good Day Edison Team, I was checking the LPS and i notice that there was a post made by me Frank Lucero OAKLANDRAIDERS1 about 30 Minutes ago it was not me who posted on the LPS, but when i went to it CASTING CALL it was a Lady named Mary Searlett LUVINVENTING about the exact time.
Please keep me posted on the outcome.
Thanks EN TEAM

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Hi EN Team,
I’m a newbie and was wondering how I can change my avatar name (the red underlined name) to just my first name or a screen name? I see that other people have done this, but don’t see how. Thanks!

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Hi Carrie, I think if you go to your Dashboard and click on ‘view/edit profile’ under your current avatar, you will be taken to a larger avatar and then you click ‘edit your profile’ under that and it will take you to a page where, if you scroll down, you will see the word ‘avatar’ and you can click ‘browse’ and pick whatever you want.

This is the place where you can change all your info.

good luck..

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Thanks, Jule,
I used the steps you described to change my avatar image, but still don’t see how to keep my full name from displaying. If I try to delete my last name from my information, I get an error because I am actually deleting it from my account (Ithink) and it is a requred account field. So, for example, I see Julie Brown and sleepyhead under your picture. What would you do if you just wanted it to say Julie or sleepyhead instead? Is there a way to do that?

C

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Carrie,

There is no way to set it not to display your name. Some users change the way theirs look by changing their first and/or last name. For example on this page there is a post by Chic. Under Chic’s avatar it says “Chic www.nospoh.com “ this is because they have ‘Chic’ as their first name and ‘www.nospoh.com’ as the last name.

Hope that clears up the confusion

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Jared,
That clears it up. Thank you for the reply!
C

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I have an idea that would be entirely online. It would be made to interact with facebook, myspace, blogs and probably avenues I haven’t even considered yet.
My question is, since I haven’t seen a company checking EN for random internet ideas how can I go about getting it done. I have limited computer skills and funds but this is an idea that needs to be done.
Any advice?

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maybe you could Google plagiarism Patrick?

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Patrick,

If I’m reading your post correctly, you have an idea for an internet application that would interact with FB, etc. And I think you are wondering how/where to submit the idea since EN hasn’t held a search for internet ideas, right? Chances are you would have to find someone who could develop the application, since you have limited skills. And then you would have to either launch it yourself or find someone who is interested in partnering with you or in buying it. I’m not aware of any internet application searches out there, but maybe someone else on here knows of something. Best of luck!

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Patrick, if I have misconstrued your idea as a method of web crawling for (other peoples), “random internet ideas,” I’m very sorry. If you are indeed looking for a place to propose your own media idea, you may want to do a Google web search on “Apple i-pod application contests”… They frequently conduct contests looking for new ideas that are compatible with their operating system. Maybe you could make yours fit?

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I have looked around as much as I am able and I believe I have an advertising idea that is unique. I believe Margaret is right that I either have to partner with someone or get someone to buy it and so far I haven’t found any good avenues for either. I wish I could describe it without giving it away because I believe it will change internet marketing in a good and major way.

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Also, I had a great idea for a medical web site and have some ideas for a new security system. Right now I’m focusing on the internet marketing idea because I believe it is the easiest one to launch and probably the most profitable.

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Patrick,

I have a couple of ideas for iPhone apps. I’m trying to figure out how to get those done with no seed money :). I’m thinking I will either have to come up with the cash somehow and hire someone or I will have to find someone who will work a deal with me for a percentage. You can post a project on places like www.elance.com to hire a freelance developer or maybe you could ask around on developer’s websites? I’ll let you know if I figure anything out with what I’m trying to do. I’ve even considered checking out the local colleges to hire and/ or partner with a student. Maybe you could consider some of those avenues.

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Patrick,

Here’s a couple more… just make sure you read the fine print (I didn’t).

http://www.iphoneappfreelancer.com/

http://www.iphonefreelancer.net/

Also… try a few Google searches with varying search terms (ie. “Idea for iphone application”, “freelance iphone app developers”, etc.)

Good Luck

:-)

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Randy,

Did you develop an iPhone app?

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Heck no Margaret…

I just meant that I didn’t investigate those sites before I posted the links!

Actually, I won’t touch those iPhones (or the equivalent). When I see the commercials where they tout “70,000 Apps and growing”, I tell my wife that if she ever hears me talking about getting one… just punch me in the neck.

I don’t EVER wanna be that “connected”.

:-)

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Darn, I was hoping that you had! I was going to pick your brain..

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I have created a chess variant where thhe rules are the same as in standard chess, and the strategies are nearly identical as in standard chess. As a matter of fact, It IS standard chess, except other than being on an equalatteral square board, it is on an an equalatteral triangular board.
how do I go about finding an investor or a lisencee that will be able to see the potential in it, and at the same time risk working with me? for I have a zero dollars capital, a zero to negative credit score, and litterally no person to go to for co-signing a loan. how can I ever succeed under such adverse financial conditions?

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anybody may reply, providing they are tactful and inoffensive.

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Randy, my iPhone and my Roomba vacuum are my two favorite things! I have much less anxiety when I have to sit and wait at all my kids’ classes. I can do what I need to do (vacuuming and computing) when I’m away from home. I don’t know what I’d do without my iPhone. It’s all the devices I need all wrapped up in one.

Clinton, I wish I knew what to tell you. I’m sure there is a way. You’d probably have to find someone to partner with for an equity share in your app. But I don’t really know where to go for that. I wish you the best of luck!

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Hi Clinton, There are a number of existing patents using a triangle shaped board. Take a look at: http://www.google.com/patents?lr=&q=chess+b...
to see if your idea has already been covered.

One low cost method to get a toy/game license is to contact a toy broker and see if they are interested in finding someone to license your product. There usually is a fee of a few hundred dollars or less for a review and if the broker thinks the idea is “worthy” they will attempt to license it. The broker typically gets around 50% of whatever deal they find. You will also need a working prototype. I have a pet toy currently being represented by the folks at
http://www.newfuntiers.com/
They charge $100 and have a NDA form for you to sign. There are other brokers out there, but these guys are local and I like that. Best of luck

You might also want to create a new forum and post your request so more people can help. This forum is about Q&A with the EN web team and not a lot of folks read it.

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Hi,
I’m not used to posting anywhere but the BB&B thread for the Women of Invention LPS, which is why I’m posting here. Where is it? This may sound weird but I don’t see the thread at all. We have been posting regularly on it for months. I think it was “Ladies post your BB&B questions here”. I’m not even sure if this is the right place to ask the question but I’ve been looking at it every day forever and now I’m curious as to what happened or maybe it’s just me :) Should I take it personally? :)
Thanks for the help
Karla

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I wonder if it would be possible to know how many submissions there are to a product search, and also how many of the submissions moved on to stage 1, stage 2, etc. Just knowing those numbers would give us all feedback in a way to see if we’re on target or not, and also if we’re doing a good job writing our submission forms.

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Karla,

This has happened once before and EN was able to resurrect it. I’ll open a tech support ticket.

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The BB&B thread is back up

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Marbals or other web team officials, I know you can’t give us any numbers of submission totals (we’ve already been through that), And u probably have it listed somewhere but I just haven’t found it, and I know u’ve said something about over 50 countries involved or something like that, but can u give me a ball park figure of how many inventor members (gold and otherwise) there are in EN?

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Can we have more “Learn from the Pros” video? It’s been awhile since there was a new video.

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i have now been sitting on g3 for over three weeks now. Does this mean that they might like it or not? Any input is welcome.

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Deanna, please see the following FAQ on the support site:
http://support.edisonnation.com/faqs/live-produ...

William, we do not share the number of Edison Nation members.

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k, thanks for the reply, (sory to keep pestering) I will stop that.

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Assuming that everyone who has signed up for Edison Nation chooses to remain a “friend” of the EN Team, there are roughly 23,640 members as of right now.

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Ah Hah! That is awesome detective work Bilbert! Excellent deductive reasoning! (wish i wouda thought of that approach) thank you.

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ok so this is a start, what other information is needed to figure out the odds of winning an average LPS?

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I don’t think figuring out odds is possible. It might be possible to figure out the odds of being a finalist, but, in the end, it’s all about what the search sponsor likes and can possibly take to market. Even if there are 1000 great ideas and 1 bad one, it doesn’t mean all 1000 ideas will go to market…the sponsor may only pick 5 or 10. If there are 1000 bad ideas and only 1 great one, the sponsor might just take 1 to market. Keep in mind that I really don’t know anything more about this than anyone else…it’s just my understanding from all the EN Team posts. My personal philosophy is…if it’s a great idea (in my mind), submit. If it doesn’t make the cut, refine and submit again later. If that doesn’t work, put it on the back burner for a while and maybe an improvement will come to mind.
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Agreed… What are your thoughts on the Hamburglar?

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Hey Web Team,

I’m hoping you might be able to have links that are embedded in forums and other places open a new tab or window when clicked. Clicking on links now forces us to navigate away from the EN site.

To Rice-man, I’m not much of a fan of the Hamburgler…but the Fry Guys are pretty cool.

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On Firefox rev 3.5.4, if you use the shift key, a new window opens in the foreground where as the control key creates another tab (window), but does not open it.

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Great tips…thanks.

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Hi Ralf,

Last time, EN held an online casting call for Everyday Edisons. I’m assuming they will do it again. Basically you submit your idea just like you do to a product search, only the product search will be for Everyday Edisons. I don’t know if they will search the database, but I’m thinking we will have to submit to the casting call.

Here’s a little snippit from a Chicago casting call post a year ago regarding the criteria for casting call products:

– How broad is the potential patent protection?
– How big is the consumer audience?
– Can we make this product in 9-12 months?
– Do we love the product?
– Can we add real value to the product?
– How well do we think the product will sell?

I would have to say the main difference in the criteria is that the product has to be able to be made in 9-12 months for Everyday Edisons.

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Be afraid Ralfcies, be very afraid! The calliber of the EN submissions are soo much more innovative and exciting your head would spin! Hehehe:0

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ENTEAM,

Can you please put a list of past LPS’s on the opporunties page and the date they closed and the date when presented. This would allow all to track how long their G’s have be waiting and those with still with G7’s can count they days since presentation.

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Good ?? patrick I also have a couple of Ideas for websites but don’t have the ability to proceed with them. I’m not sure if one of them might be similar to your lol maybe we could colaborate.

Mary

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I entered the name search and realize i need to make a correction but can find no way to go back in and change it, how can this be done. I went to the support page and posted a question but have not heard and it wont let me log in.

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Dear EN web team,

I haven’t been able to access the blog page for the last couple of days. I get the following message: “HTTP 500 Internal Server Error”. You may want to check this out. Thanks.

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Hey Ron,
Thanks for bringing that to our attention. I’ve informed the team, and it should hopefully be cleared up soon.

Happy Inventing!

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who designs molds for products for mass production?

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Hi – in the past 2-3 days my e-mail box at hotmail is filling up w/ all manner of posts to the forums page. I didn’t change any of my settings, so any idea on how this happened? Also, I prefer not to get all of the posts, I just log in daily to read the ones of interest, so if I can go back to my old setting, that would be excellent. Thanks! TC

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Hi Tim,

The same thing happened to me. EN has been having trouble with their email system. I at one point clicked on a forum to be sent updates but since the email wasn’t working never received any.

Recently EN managed to fix something because I got a flood of emails from that forum.

If you want to stop them click on the link in the email to be taken to the forum it was posted in. Once you are in the forum if you look to the upper right of the page just under the “Search” button you’ll see a line that reads “Do not email me updates” if you click on that you’ll stop getting updates from that forum.

Hope that helps. You’ll have to do that for any forums you are getting updates from.

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By the way Web Team…Great job on the Everyday Edisons site. I can’t wait to see what you did with the show item!

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Thanks Phil, the e-mails stopped. The odd thing is – that I was getting them from random forums – threads I had never followed. In any case, the site works well, all is well, and I am happy again! Back to the work bench this evening!

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