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Date: 1/13/2014 5:40:00 PM
.............`wHERE there IS,`LOVE,` i'll be THERe`............. *:*(* ALWAYS, John
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Date: 1/7/2014 4:32:00 PM
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Date: 1/7/2014 12:41:00 PM
At Giorgie: although I'm pleased, delighted, and flattered by your attention and comments, im not going to answer you ... I'm not going to follow you ... I'm not playing your game ... However, if you want to talk, we can use the Soup Mails. You're embarrassing yourself. Have a great day.
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Ruben O.
Date: 1/7/2014 2:16:00 PM
No, Giorgio ... it's not the hat; I already told you about my charms ... but you removed the comment. : D! Cyndi! LOL! Im thinking about the praying mantis! Caleb, my "confidential" information is gone like your cornbread ... wait! It doesn't sound right! : D
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Painted Hunter
Date: 1/7/2014 1:52:00 PM
Hey Ruben, I guess I'll keep my redneck wisdom to myself from now on....haha....my comments are gone like yesterday's cornbread!...;)
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 1/7/2014 1:45:00 PM
Ummm, Ruben, ummm, lol, maybe that's what he's trying to do. After all, you're a fine looking man, kinda hot in that mustache. Could it be some kinda mating ritual?
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Ruben O.
Date: 1/7/2014 1:08:00 PM
Giorgio: lovemaking could help. : D
Date: 1/7/2014 9:41:00 AM
WHEN is the "block poet" feature going to be implemented so we do not have to see blogs/comments/etc. from the blocked "poet". Will this also preclude them from participating in a contest from a person who has them blocked? I only have two people blocked and would be grateful to not be subjected to their inane drivel, prattle, self-aggrandizing. Any ETA when this feature will be available? It will prevent a lot of unnecessary drama, I think. ~Chan
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 1/7/2014 5:18:00 PM
I had to block one poet here for sexual harassment. He has harassed others in both female and male personas. TPS is aware of this person. Our only choice, as women, was --sadly--- to block him/her. The person is now behaving better. Perhaps decided to change.
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Ruben O.
Date: 1/7/2014 3:43:00 PM
Well ... none of you are blocked, Soupers! : D I'm always open to the exchange of ideas and opinions. However, I consider that blocking is a useful tool in "extreme" cases (to erase insults, insinuations, or menaces).
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 1/7/2014 10:11:00 AM
Chan I also have only 2 blocked but it HAS stopped the comments on my blogs, poems & of course soup mail, ask Soup why it is not functioning this way for you?
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Chris D. Aechtner
Date: 1/7/2014 10:01:00 AM
There has been concern that if one has a member under 'full block', this blocked member can go on extremely aggressive, abusive rants without the victims of online harassment knowing wot is being said(typed)about them. But I don't have this concern....I would rather just not waste my time reading certain things, nor waste my time being tempted to defend myself against an online character hiding behind a computer screen and IP address. For me, this full-scale block poet feature would have already diverged 90+% of my attention away from any of the altercations/drama that I have found myself tangled in.
Date: 1/7/2014 8:01:00 AM
Soup, somewhere way down at the bottom of this pointless rant [because we have no power what so ever so there is really no point in telling you our minds, venting because we like the sound of our own voices] you said ... If we found better things on other poetry sites you would incorporate them. If you really want to publicize our work & let us get some benefit from it, restart the site contests & publish ANTHOLOGIES of the winners works. Those you got their work in could get a ROYALTY on the sales & a token free copy. These blogs are taking valuable writing time away, best FOCUS elsewhere.
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Ruben O.
Date: 1/7/2014 3:47:00 PM
It's a great idea, you should post a blog about it so everybody can share their arguments in favour of and against this idea.
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 1/7/2014 10:06:00 AM
Debbie, thought I'd clarify that the idea of an anthology IS good. I could see many Soupers loving the concept, and most would want to buy a copy. Chris, I hear you. I'm so old school that I still haunt used book stores and get a high of the smell of must. Me <---weirdo
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Chris D. Aechtner
Date: 1/7/2014 9:33:00 AM
Some people don't even want paper books anymore(I still love them), so there could be an alternative ebook option which would be much easier to put together and offer more lucrative profit margins.
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Chris D. Aechtner
Date: 1/7/2014 9:29:00 AM
Great input, Debbie. Yeah, Cyndi has mentioned the possibility of PS anthologies in the past. At first glance, the amount of work to put anthologies together might not seem overly attractive with regards to effort and profit margin, but there is potential for profit and a bigger picture.
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 1/7/2014 8:59:00 AM
They could charge an entry fee for NON-Premium Members small like $5, they also would get most of the money from the sales & of course everyone included would probably buy one & their families & other soup members who would like to have A LOT of our work in 1 book.
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 1/7/2014 8:44:00 AM
But your anthology idea is one I'd mentioned ... in ... er another blog gone bad. I know other reputable on-line sites have gone in this direction-- but the work involved? It's a... BIG JOB!
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 1/7/2014 8:43:00 AM
It's like quick sand... lol.. pull me Bet, pull! And I dislike the sound of my voice. Minnie mouse, at times. HA!
Date: 1/7/2014 6:15:00 AM
Less a case of moderators PS, but rather one of 'moderation' (in the true sense of the word), by members.Been here seven years myself and have seen 'it all' on this topic so very happy to leave any 'moderating' that needs doing to the PS owners.Just my 2 cents of course.Rgds Brian
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Date: 1/7/2014 4:14:00 AM
I visited Carolyn and am so happy for her return
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Charmaine Chircop
Date: 1/7/2014 9:40:00 AM
Yes Cyndi..I wish for their return.There are other soupers such as dane ann smith johnson,adeleke ,raul moreno,sami alkhalili,sharon weimer,chris higgins,yvoni vorgis ,gary,christie moses,izzy,frank atanacio, gert knop and many i can place their face but forgot their name.If they could return.James fraser was here and james peranteau a while ago..Hope they re here for good.I miss therese bacha and constance too..and i wonder whst happened from linda marie bariana.My last two Christmas cards remained unanswered.Heard she was ill.I still hope for the best for her.Very concerned if she s alive.These people were all the cream of the soup..Maybe some of them you dont know..but.they.brought much happiness here.Really wish for their return dear..but again..years play changes
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 1/7/2014 8:41:00 AM
ME, TOO... wouldn't it be LOVELY to see Joan, too? Tracie? Natalie the Rogue Rhymer? And lets hope our Scribe comes back soon, as well. Hi Charmaine!
Date: 1/6/2014 6:20:00 PM
Let's talk about important things: Carolyn Devonshire has posted a poem. It's a sad one but ... anyways, it's a good occasion to visit her page and give her the best wishes for this new year. Come on ... Let's go --->
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Charmaine Chircop
Date: 1/7/2014 4:16:00 AM
Oops i replied above you instead of below you : )
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 1/6/2014 9:54:00 PM
http://www.poetrysoup.com/poems_poets/poem_detail.aspx?ID=531024 <---Carolyn's poem. Thanks Ruben. Like I said. Dude, you're one of a kind. :D
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Carrie Richards
Date: 1/6/2014 7:49:00 PM
Thank you Ruben.......I just read her poem, thanks to you. She is a reminder of respect and a kind heart....and all the things that are truly important, things we should strive for here, and away from Soup land. :)
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Chris D. Aechtner
Date: 1/6/2014 6:44:00 PM
Thanks for the heads-up, Ruben.
Date: 1/6/2014 5:09:00 PM
TPS, thanxs for the reminder. I heard through todays grapevine, TPS only wants what is good for us. Keep up the good work. I can't believe what I am seeing and reading. *Another Debate* Many said lets leave it behind in 2013. Lmfao, here we R'. Why can't we LET IT GO, move on, and make the best of 2014.
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Date: 1/6/2014 1:14:00 PM
I don't understand why grown people need moderators...just share poetry and enjoy reading other people's poetry...give good positive feedback and forget all this negativity! This is my haven...my come to place when I need a lift so I will not allow a few folks to ruin that for me ...The contests inspire me and I have learned so much in my four years that I have enjoyed the Soup.We are an international and diverse group of people so naturally there will be some dissension and disagreement but let's not let that ruin our haven.I'm proud to call everyone here my friend. I just want to write poetry...share my poems and be encouraged,uplift others tooThat's what this site should be about....
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Date: 1/6/2014 1:23:00 PM
Because like the world we live in, you have people on PoetrySoup with bad intentions. That's just life. The sad state of humankind. If all people had good intention, were kind and selfless, etc. we would have no need for locks on doors, police, security systems, etc.
Date: 1/6/2014 12:37:00 PM
Hi, TPS, I'm still here. : D! By the way, I just promised to "start looking" for another website, but I didn't say that I would leave PS. : D! Although I have a great potential as a moderator (I'm already an absurd, ridiculous individual LOL!) I'm not interested. I don't understand the purpose of this "new feature." I think that we all are moderators; we all want peace and respect and no-drama ... Ok, almost all of us. : D Through unbiased comments, or calming-waters-soup mails, or ... just ignoring the problem-makers, we always try to "moderate" US. Neither saints nor sinners, we're just common people who likes to discuss. We don't need a police force.
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Chris D. Aechtner
Date: 1/6/2014 6:21:00 PM
There are Anarchistic visions that don't lean towards lawlessness and disorder, but those are Utopian ideals that won't work when dealing with humans. Autocracy can work if the autocrat is benevolent enough. In the end, whether dealing with democracy, oligarchy, or any of the -isms, there will always be people unhappy with the current system.
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Ruben O.
Date: 1/6/2014 5:52:00 PM
I'm going to trust you ... one more time. : )
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Date: 1/6/2014 5:38:00 PM
Ruben, autocracy is only wrong if you have a bad ruler. Frankly, it is the best form of rulership if the right person is in charge. Anarchy has NEVER worked. :-)
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Ruben O.
Date: 1/6/2014 3:24:00 PM
Ha! Both anarchy and autocracy have been proven wrong. : ) If I find an interesting website I'll let you know. Paradoxically, two of the most "interesting" features of PS, which are the easy access to interact with each other and the possibility of express our opinions without any kind of censure are now slowly vanishing through the excessive use of blocking, suspensions, and deletion.
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Date: 1/6/2014 1:19:00 PM
Ha! If you find a better one, let us know what it is so we can incorporate their features and make PoetrySoup even better. :-) BTW, society needs a police force (I hate anarchy). PoetrySoup is a microcosm of society...even on the Soup you have people with bad intentions.
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Tim Ryerson
Date: 1/6/2014 12:46:00 PM
Don't leave Mr. Ruben O, we go too far back...
Date: 1/6/2014 11:29:00 AM
Well, whatever is decided won't make much difference to me. I'm just proud to be here ...;) I don't get worked up over much of anything and when I do, I just remember that I'd rather be fishin'. As Barney Fife said, "It's Therapedic!"
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Painted Hunter
Date: 1/7/2014 7:07:00 AM
David, you just soupmail me when you plan to be here and I'll give you my number. Would be happy to have you anytime!
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David Williams
Date: 1/6/2014 12:58:00 PM
Hey caleb next time I am in USA any chance we could meet for a spot of fishing, it is a great past time of mine when I get the chance? David
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Tim Ryerson
Date: 1/6/2014 12:42:00 PM
Andy would give Barney his bullet back and then LOOK OUT...
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Painted Hunter
Date: 1/6/2014 11:35:00 AM
And for those who aren't Andy Griffith fans, I say this, no spell corrections, please. And for those who are, I ask this ... WHAT WOULD ANDY DO?
Date: 1/6/2014 10:42:00 AM
No censorship, no member moderators, it makes me so sad, members asked for censorship & now we have it up the Yin Yang [and I don't mean the two rivers in China] The blocks should be enough to protect us from unwanted member intrusion now that they block, soup mail, comments & blog input simultaneously. We didn't really need even word sensors until Slam was accepted as a form, now you can't even writer pussywillow! in a poem. It so reminds me of Fahrenheit 451
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Tim Ryerson
Date: 1/6/2014 12:58:00 PM
Cher, maybe we're just gettin too old and forgetting who we are. Cher, maybe we're just gettin too...(Ooops) And by the way, who the heck ARE you and just who the heck do you think am I anyway...
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Ruben O.
Date: 1/6/2014 12:55:00 PM
I watched the movie last month ( Francois Truffaut), not a great one ... however, it's ok a "must-read" book. It's about censorship and the suppression of dissenting ideas. Any bells? : D
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Team PoetrySoup
Date: 1/6/2014 10:48:00 AM
Agreed. It is a shame that a few bad apples spoil the entire "blog". Unfortunately people can't control their emotions...and we target a certain demographic with PoetrySoup. The poetry by Soupers is GREAT, however. Of course, we allow a little more "creativity" in poems.
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Tim Ryerson
Date: 1/6/2014 10:46:00 AM
Willowpussy maybe?...Pussy w/willow? Willow w/pussy? (Never mind)
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 1/6/2014 10:44:00 AM
The only members I'd delete from soup are those who have physically or psychologically threatened another member or their family which has been done.
Date: 1/6/2014 10:20:00 AM
I just wanna write poetry...
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Team PoetrySoup
Date: 1/6/2014 10:43:00 AM
We wish that was the case for everyone.
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Charmaine Chircop
Date: 1/6/2014 10:34:00 AM
Me too Tim : )
Date: 1/6/2014 7:55:00 AM
I do believe moderators will be having lots of pressure.Hope We don't loose such special friends too then.Even if one is not a moderator and is trying to act as neutrally as He She can.He She can still feel the pressure of parties fighting.If She says something..One would think She is against him.If She says anorher,the other would think she she is against him..Even if in her mind She He being neutral wishes pnly for some peace.I seen many great choices for moderators below..But lets hope they won t end up the victim in the process..Maybe David Williams said it best...I guess i ve read enough blogs ..I go read some poetry now,People put lot of heart in their poetry.Need to be read!
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Charmaine Chircop
Date: 1/6/2014 9:35:00 AM
Hmm.. Clandestiene moderators..Never thought of that : ) I guess clandestiene moderators work harder in soupmails where they are not seen ..to bring peace..Away from publc blogs. : )
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Team PoetrySoup
Date: 1/6/2014 9:12:00 AM
As mentioned earlier, we are still torn on the moderator issue. That's a lot of pressure for a member and it subjects them to ridicule. We may keep status quo or maybe we'll have clandestine moderators. :-)
Date: 1/6/2014 7:54:00 AM
When you receive monetary gains for premium or lifetime memberships, then considerations should be made for those people and their contribution(s). Before a poem or blog is deleted, the author should have the right to know why it is being deleted and afforded an opportunity to revise if necessary. It's a PRIVILEGE for you all to be paid and compensated for access to additional features, which are not integral to the TPS experience itself. Yes, there has been drama which, by the way, has been handled between members without further need of autocracy, I might add. Like I have already said: TPS's behavior is becoming as questionable, unsavory and uncouth of those they try and quell.
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Team PoetrySoup
Date: 1/6/2014 9:08:00 AM
We understand, but disagree.
Date: 1/6/2014 6:09:00 AM
Why do we need moderators? Are we not adult enough to know what not to say?…..
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Date: 1/6/2014 9:07:00 AM
LOL, you know the answer to that.
Date: 1/5/2014 8:17:00 PM
,I vote for........... Phyllis, Joyce, Andrea, Sandra, Juliet, Kelly D.... Russell, Owen, James P, Joseph... Never seen one cast a stone. Soup, Is it time to vote? Dot-dot-dot-dot-dot-dot--- I don't think a person who has done name calling should be honored as a good example. We the trouble makers should have no say so in casting a vote for our friends. :) But, since it looks as if the voting has begun. I would like to put more votes in. I would like to see Giorgio and Frank H, for soup Moderators. :) Frank, fights for the people, even if it gets out of hand. I vote for Giorgio, -he loves everyone, and thinks everyone is either good or the same person..... Soup, moderators should be chosen by you. A moderator should be a poet, who has never been reported or blocked. That would keep everything clean. Thank you TPS....PD
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 1/5/2014 10:27:00 PM
(cont 2) After three years here, I've witnessed people who've squabbled become good friends. Linda, haven't you seen this, too? There have been times when I've seen "moderators" here, acting out of the goodness of their hearts. Yes?
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 1/5/2014 10:24:00 PM
(cont) I think that I saw many take up the position themselves for years. Wait. Let me explain. I have seen many sooth each other, act as a bridge between parties, add humour to a situation, even ask people to cool off. And we've been there for each other. I've seen it.
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 1/5/2014 10:21:00 PM
I'd vote for Mystic Rose, but she'd decline. And Gail, too, but I think she'd decline. And Carrie, but, I'm fairly certain she'd decline, too. Andrea WOULD be awesome, but I can't see her wanting the position. Actually, I can't think of one person who'd want to the responsibility... BUT
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Date: 1/5/2014 9:52:00 PM
Thank you
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Team PoetrySoup
Date: 1/5/2014 9:51:00 PM
Agreed. Any members involved in questionable Soup activity are disqualified.
Date: 1/5/2014 5:56:00 PM
Will the community have a say or a vote in choosing the web moderators? And can you tell us what their responsibilities will be..
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Joseph May
Date: 1/5/2014 8:19:00 PM
Thank you TPS..I hope it can be done if even on a trial basis.
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Team PoetrySoup
Date: 1/5/2014 6:38:00 PM
We are still torn on the moderator issue. That's a lot of pressure for a member and it subjects them to ridicule...stay tuned.
Date: 1/5/2014 4:31:00 PM
This comes from the best of intentions, my own experiences here and kindness: Ruben is not only an excellent poet but a good man. He is usually the one calming the storms, cooling heated conversations and acting as a ... conscience.. to many soupers. The irony of the situation is that I would expect you would want him, above anyone else here, as a moderator. Why? Because he is a voice of reason, a peacekeeper and has rectified so many situations here with his good heart, good advice and kind ways. I have seen it again and again. I wanted you to know this. The irony is sad... incredibly sad. Telling him to go elsewhere is exactly what I didn't expect. May we tell you our feelings?
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Carrie Richards
Date: 1/6/2014 6:46:00 PM
Ruben has my vote, if he would take it on!! You have to stay here, Ruben.....you are a good friend!
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Ruben O.
Date: 1/6/2014 12:42:00 PM
Tanka, tanka, tanka so much. : )
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Charmaine Chircop
Date: 1/6/2014 9:07:00 AM
For Ruben to go elsewhere? Nah.!!He goes..I follow :-(
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Painted Hunter
Date: 1/6/2014 8:53:00 AM
I agree about Ruben. I've seen him calm a few storms since I've been here. He's a solid dude.
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Team PoetrySoup
Date: 1/5/2014 5:06:00 PM
Thanks for the suggestion.
Date: 1/5/2014 3:07:00 PM
Thank you for the reminder TPS..................... Poetry Soup will always be the best online poetry site. Always & Forever :) ---The Poet Destroyer.... Born and raised by: tps*members <------lol
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