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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:36 PM

DU upgrades for the New Year (including the much-requested "Auto-trash by keyword" function)

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Happy New Year DU! At the end of 2012 we almost finished a number of updates and new features but didn't have time to implement them before the holiday break. Some of these changes are minor, some not so much.

This is part one -- there will be more coming (including "Subscribe to people") in the near future.

Correction: Originally this announcement stated that Jury checks will now be performed on the Latest and Greatest pages only. Actually, the checks are performed on the main pages of all forums and groups as well as the Latest and Greatest pages.

Auto-trash threads by keyword
Is there a particular subject that you just have no interest in seeing on DU's Latest or Greatest pages? Now you can auto-trash threads by keyword. To use this function, visit My Account > Trash Can and check out the Trashed Keywords section. Enter a keyword there, and thread titles which contain that keyword will not appear on your Latest or Greatest pages, or while you are browsing a forum or group.

My Posts and My Subscriptions tabs light up when there is new content
Wherever you are on DU, you can now see at a glance if someone has replied to you, or if someone has posted in a group that you subscribe to. The My Posts and My Subscriptions tabs will light up whenever there is new content. Once you have clicked through to either page, the corresponding tab will return to its regular grey color.

Jury checks now run on the Latest and Greatest pages, and in forums and groups, instead of on threads
Previously, when a Jury was required, the system would select the first six eligible members who clicked on a thread anywhere on DU. This ensured that Juries were always filled with members who were actively using DU at that moment, but had the unfortunate side effect of interrupting people's browsing -- just when they clicked on a thread that was of interest to them, they would get a request to serve on a Jury. We have changed this so the check is now performed when members visit the Latest or Greatest pages, or when they visit the main page of any forum or group. In other words, we're going to interrupt people when they're looking for something to read instead of when they've just found something to read.

Star member notifications
Star members are now automatically notified by DU Mail one week before their star is due to expire. If their star subsequently expires, they will receive one more DU Mail message to notify them of this fact.

Updating post count and user registration numbers on the home page
Those who were here before the advent of DU3 will recall that we used to have an updating post count and user registration count on our Latest page. This feature was left out in the transition to DU3 and replaced with static numbers. This has now been fixed so that the numbers update automatically. You can see this feature in action in the "Enter Discussion Forums" box at the top of the home page.

More coming soon...

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Reply DU upgrades for the New Year (including the much-requested "Auto-trash by keyword" function) (Original post)
EarlG Jan 2013 OP
enough Jan 2013 #1
Behind the Aegis Jan 2013 #2
freshwest Jan 2013 #10
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #41
sheshe2 Jan 2013 #44
Scuba Jan 2013 #3
oldhippydude Jan 2013 #4
one_voice Jan 2013 #5
EarlG Jan 2013 #15
Violet_Crumble Jan 2013 #20
one_voice Jan 2013 #22
EarlG Jan 2013 #23
Violet_Crumble Jan 2013 #35
SidDithers Jan 2013 #6
EarlG Jan 2013 #17
madrchsod Jan 2013 #7
freshwest Jan 2013 #11
FailureToCommunicate Jan 2013 #32
Cha Jan 2013 #8
dixiegrrrrl Jan 2013 #9
BainsBane Jan 2013 #12
Tx4obama Jan 2013 #13
Make7 Jan 2013 #58
barbtries Jan 2013 #14
Kaleva Jan 2013 #16
EarlG Jan 2013 #18
Kaleva Jan 2013 #21
Violet_Crumble Jan 2013 #19
pacalo Jan 2013 #24
KG Jan 2013 #25
ElboRuum Jan 2013 #49
graham4anything Jan 2013 #26
KurtNYC Jan 2013 #27
tammywammy Jan 2013 #28
pasto76 Jan 2013 #29
muriel_volestrangler Jan 2013 #37
ReRe Jan 2013 #30
Little Star Jan 2013 #31
FailureToCommunicate Jan 2013 #33
Lone_Star_Dem Jan 2013 #34
Rhiannon12866 Jan 2013 #36
TrogL Jan 2013 #38
LiberalFighter Jan 2013 #39
Jim Lane Jan 2013 #40
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #42
SoapBox Jan 2013 #43
bunnies Jan 2013 #45
patricia92243 Jan 2013 #46
lonestarnot Jan 2013 #47
antiquie Jan 2013 #48
L0oniX Jan 2013 #50
L0oniX Jan 2013 #51
Turborama Jan 2013 #55
freshwest Jan 2013 #52
Make7 Jan 2013 #59
freshwest Jan 2013 #60
Rose Siding Jan 2013 #53
Renew Deal Jan 2013 #54
hrmjustin Jan 2013 #56
libodem Jan 2013 #57
NYC Liberal Jan 2013 #61
patricia92243 Jan 2013 #62

Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:38 PM

1. Very clever, as always. Thanks!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:38 PM

2. Awesome. Noticed the tabs lighting up, though I broke DU.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:40 PM

10. Oh, my, you think like me. Deep breaths...

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Response to freshwest (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:41 AM

41. well instead of going back to grey, I'd like them to go to PLAID

I just think we could use more plaid around here.

But I do like that they light up. Tiny lights that go on and off are never out of style. We ADD kids especially love 'em.



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Response to freshwest (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 01:38 AM

44. LOL...saw it when I came home from work tonight...

thought for a second that I just got my pink slip or something!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:46 PM

3. Thank you Admins!!!

But I can't think of any topics I want to trash without seeing the posts.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:54 PM

4. thanks admins.. keeps getting better!!!

there was one feature in DU2 that I miss... that was the ability to forward a thread to others via email.. but du3 is still fantastic thanks!!!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:05 PM

5. ok, dumb question here..

I rarely go to the latest or greatest pages, I do mean rarely, does that mean I'll hardly ever get picked for jury duty?

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Response to one_voice (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:50 PM

15. Actually I think it performs the check when you hit a forum or group as well

I'll check with Elad and get back to you.

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Response to EarlG (Reply #15)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:58 PM

20. That'd affect me too, so it'd be good to know one way or the other n/t

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Response to EarlG (Reply #15)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:01 PM

22. Okay, thanks!

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Response to EarlG (Reply #15)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:13 PM

23. Answer:

The check is performed on the main pages of forums and groups as well as on the Latest and Greatest pages. I've edited the OP to make that clear.

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Response to EarlG (Reply #23)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 06:55 PM

35. Thank you for the answer. I was on a jury an hour or so ago, so I thought that was it n/t

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:08 PM

6. Awesome...

but I also wonder about the Jury Selection criteria. I never, NEVER, go to Latest or Greatest. Will that affect my chances of serving on a jury?

Sid

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:10 PM

7. the may 7th 2001 democratic underground........

http://web.archive.org/web/20010507174611/http://www.democraticunderground.com/

we not be the biggest democratic/ progressive site on the internet but compared to kos and or freerepublic we have the most advanced design thanks to the guys who run our site. i think everyone needs to give them a



for keeping this site the best on the web.

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Response to madrchsod (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:41 PM

11. +1,000

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Response to madrchsod (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 06:40 PM

32. Wow! THAT is old school!

(Relatively speaking, of course)

Thanks!
Who knew?

(I know: "Newbies")

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:27 PM

8. Thanks for the upgrading, EarlG

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:33 PM

9. My god, tis as if you were reading my mind about several of these changes.

I really disliked going to a post to read it then finding the jury thing,
AND
after serving on the jury, had to go back several clicks to find the darn post again
both of which is why I have been turning down some jury alerts.

Auto trash by keyword....god, yes, and thank you!!!!

WHEN is GD going back to its original SOP about NO Guns???????????????


The especially controversial groups I have already put on ignore, only to find GD is now filled with gun arguments and has become a waste of time.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:42 PM

12. May I ask about the requested new groups?

Like WyldWolf's request for a Gun Control Activism Group in the Activism section?
He submitted that request over two weeks ago. Time is critical here because of the limited window to influence public policy.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:48 PM

13. I would like to suggest an 'opt out option' for the My Posts and My Subscriptions tabs lighting up.




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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #13)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 08:37 PM

58. I didn't much care for the yellow, so I changed it with a User Style Sheet.

Right now I am using FireFox17 on Windows7, but I imagine the same basic code will work in most browsers (I'll do some further testing if people have any questions and/or problems). Here are the CSS selectors/declarations people can use to disable this feature:

img[src$="tab-mysubscriptions-new.gif"]
{
background-image: url("http://www.democraticunderground.com/imgs/tab-mysubscriptions.gif") !important;
background-size: 140px 26px !important;
height: 0px !important;
padding-top: 26px !important;
}
img[src$="tab-myposts-new.gif"]
{
background-image: url("http://www.democraticunderground.com/imgs/tab-myposts.gif") !important;
background-size: 140px 26px !important;
height: 0px !important;
padding-top: 26px !important;
}

I actually like the idea of having an indication of new replies shown on the My Posts tab, I just didn't like the yellow so much - so I changed it to use a local image on my hard drive that simply underlines the words "My Posts" whenever the yellow tab is supposed to appear. The code looks like this (the following example also wraps the CSS selectors/declarations in a conditional that works in FireFox to apply the changes only to the www.democraticunderground.com domain):

@-moz-document domain("www.democraticunderground.com")
{
img[src$="tab-mysubscriptions-new.gif"]
{
background-image: url("http://www.democraticunderground.com/imgs/tab-mysubscriptions.gif") !important;
background-size: 140px 26px !important;
height: 0px !important;
padding-top: 26px !important;
}
img[src$="tab-myposts-new.gif"]
{
background-image: url("file:///C:\\Users\\web_browsing\\AppData\\Roaming\\Mozilla\\tab-myposts.gif") !important;
background-size: 140px 26px !important;
height: 0px !important;
padding-top: 26px !important;
}
}

The conditional is useful because I can simply change to sync.democraticunderground.com (or one of the others) to see how things look without my User Style Sheet.

Probably the easiest way to implement User Style Sheets is to install the Stylish add-on for FireFox or Chrome. It is also possible to do this without any add-ons in those browsers, but requires a bit more computer savvy. You can also use User Style Sheets with the other major browsers - just Google "user style sheets" and add whatever browser you are using to the search term.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:48 PM

14. i really want to be able to go to My DU

and see a list of the posters i have the most interest in reading. like in the old DU? is that going to happen ever? thank you!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:56 PM

16. I don't visit the Latest & Greatest pages so am I out of the jury pool?

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Response to EarlG (Reply #18)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:00 PM

21. Thanks. I should tell myself to read the whole thread before posting.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:15 PM

24. I am THRILLED with the keyword auto-trash!



Thanks & Happy New Year!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:20 PM

25. I like pie;

how will this upgrade enhance my DU experience?

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Response to KG (Reply #25)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 01:14 PM

49. Well,

For starters, you can use the keyword trash feature to trash threads that are anti-pie.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:32 PM

26. Thanks for the upgrades and the 2013 politics section. Couple of questions-

 

Any thought on having a 2014 and 2016 one?

And yes, a seperate part for anti-NRA, anti-gun part as it doesn't differentiate, and the current one is a private forum with their own moderators and alot of people appear not to want to enter there.
(though its so important the General area is needed for a while.)

Happy New Year! and thanks again.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:39 PM

27. I like the keyword auto trash feature. Thanks!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:42 PM

28. Auto trash by key word = awesome!!!! n/t

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:59 PM

29. how about an appeal or edit option for jury decisions

currently it is censorship or the worst kind. Someone can call us all facists if we dont agree with their opinion, but type "liberal pinhead" and it is censored, regardless of whatever else you said. Particularly in a liberal heavy thread, any comments not in line with the far left of the party is censored. I personally loved the one where my comments about the war in Iraq, and how servicemembers are treated was censored...on veterans day. too easy to for butthurt people to censor someone elses opinions.

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Response to pasto76 (Reply #29)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 08:46 PM

37. Oh noes! You can't call liberals 'pinheads' on a liberal board!

talk about 'butthurt' ...

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 06:18 PM

30. Thanks, EarlG

n/t

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 06:30 PM

31. I love the light ups for new content! Thanks you guys! k&r

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 06:44 PM

33. Wait... where's the abject plea for $ ??



But, seriously, THanks to you ALL,

and Happy New Year!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 06:48 PM

34. Auto-trash threads by keyword is amazing!

Thank you so much, Elad, EarlG and Skinner for all the hard work.

Elad you've programed an awesome site for all of us here to enjoy.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 08:19 PM

36. I knew that there was something going on, LOL

Thank you for the additional improvements to the most user friendly site on the internets...

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 09:16 PM

38. Could we turn down the orange in "My Subscriptions"

Damn that's hard on the eyes.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:04 AM

39. Good job guys!

I'm betting we will see more in the future. I've learned some new tricks in the database application I have created. And I believe they are deep hidden tricks that few know about.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:35 AM

40. Question about auto-trash by keyword

First, thanks for continuing to work to improve the site!

I'm guessing that auto-trash is strictly literal. For example, suppose someone trashes "gun control" (I see that phrases can be trashed as well as single words). Suppose further that an OP is titled "The gun control debate has a parallel in the First Amendment." That post goes on to discuss the absolutist view of the First Amendment (no regulation of speech is permitted) versus the exceptions that have been added by Supreme Court interpretations over the years. The post has nothing about gun control except the passing mention in the title by way of analogy. Someone sick of gun control debates might want to read that thread, but the unimaginatively literal software would trash it. Is that right? (I'm just curious, not complaining. Everyone has seen computer errors that arise from such literalism.)

As an aside, it might be interesting, in a month or two, to post a list of the most trashed words and phrases. My money is on "gun control" and/or "RKBA" to be high on the list.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:52 AM

42. autotrash! Clever!!! You guys spoil me, seriesly

Anytime I go to other discussion boards, I'm always surprised that the design sucks!



Actually I probably wouldn't use Auto trash, but still--very cool!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 01:25 AM

43. Great work

and great site...thank you.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:14 AM

45. Would have killed for auto-trash during the twinkie epidemic!

You have made my day!!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:31 AM

46. I hadn't even noticed the "My Subscriptions" was lighted up - good thing I read this thread :)

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 11:00 AM

47. Way at! My posts just grayed out!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 11:43 AM

48. How does one subscribe to People?

It appears to be one level too high for group subscription.
Thank you.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 01:30 PM

50. Finally ...a way to trash all gun threads automatically. Thanks much.

Can you also auto trash anything from a DU member?

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Response to L0oniX (Reply #50)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 01:33 PM

51. Can you also auto trash anything from a DU member?

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Response to L0oniX (Reply #51)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 08:49 AM

55. That's what the ignore function's for n/t

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 02:03 PM

52. EarlG, Can we disable the My Posts and My Subscriptions tab lights?

I can check them using the buttons above the forums when I want to go there.

At first I thought it was cool, now I'm considering Unsubscribing to all My groups to stop it.

And good work as always, guys.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #52)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 08:41 PM

59. You can change how this works with User Style Sheets. See post #58.

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Response to Make7 (Reply #59)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 08:51 PM

60. You are our one of our best technogeeks. Thanks!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 03:22 PM

53. You guys are crazy good.

Thank you so much and Happy New Year back to you, too!

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 11:56 PM

54. These are all great upgrades

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 03:46 PM

56. Thanks for making DU a great place to hang out.

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 05:49 PM

57. Palin

Comes to mind. I remember a time, trashing everything with that name on it. Nothing since, really annoyed that much. But if it does...

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:46 PM

61. Thank you EarlG! Do you know if the main page will be fixed to honor "Ignore"?

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Response to EarlG (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:03 PM

62. Do you have an estimate on when the upgrades will go into effect???

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