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  1. So we sometimes have reasons, sometimes its what's available. Sometimes it's torture to decide what to name your site. It took me nearly 2 months to come up with "Realm of Roleplays" for my GM site that I recently opened. Nothing else felt right until I found the name for the premise of the site but now that I have it it's perfect.
  2. I'm just starting out with making my rp forum but i'm not sure what threads i should make on there.
  3. Actually what it says on the tin 😁 What I want to do (among other things) is write a guide on not using applications, using them and different application types (with their strengths and weaknesses.) To help me with that, I would love to hear your thoughts on the following: Do you use applications on your site? Yes/no If not, why not? If not, what is the strength in going appless? If yes, what kind? Shipper/Traditional/Freeform/etc What does that application include? How is it used on your site? Include a link to your app on your site to help you describe what your application includes! As for how is it used, an example might be, we move the application to a plotting area and people reply to the application directly. What, in your opinion, is the strength of your application type? Remember, this isn't a debate! As always, there is no objectively right way to run many aspects of your site. Applications are one of those aspects that is subjective. But the way you do things works well for you because.... This ought to be purely from a staffers perspective!
  4. Looking for a bit of advice on a situation with my co-admin. I will preface with the fact that while most of the content on the site is mine and I handle the payment for us to be unrated, they are ultimately the global admin. We have always been told that we have different leadership styles; they are more cut and dry, and I am more lenient. We have argued several times over things that I have allowed that they state they would not have. They inform me regularly that I am too nice, am getting taken advantage of, and being played. During the course of our adminship together, a handful of members have contacted me privately telling me that my co-admin was taking away their fun by telling them no to certain things, that they felt this co-admin was too controlling. One member said if it isnt their way, then it's the highway. This has caused conflicts in our chat group where some members have quite obviously provoked and antagonized my co-admin into becoming angry, which, when they do, they don't always speak nicely. I tend to stay out of these and privately remind my co-admin that a newer member might be turned off by this. WE know which of our members intentionally try to get under my co-admin's skin, but a newbie might not, and might just believe my co-admin is an abrasive person. This has felt like a general theme for our site the past few months, but lately things really revved up. Following months of the same few people bringing down the mood of our Discord server with very suicidal messages and attention-seeking tendancies, we decided to remove one of the problematic channels intended for rants/vents. One member in particular disagreed with a sitewide rule that we made about forbidding that sort of content, going so far as to throwing a public fit about it. When we privately contacted that member explaining our reasoning for the ruling, they began to fight back, and personally attacked my co-admin, accusing them of being the reason for their low mental health because of how they belittle people. I screened my co-admin's responses before they sent them to this member as I feared it was going to become personal from there. All-in-all, we felt confident that if screenshots were ever blasted around attempting to make us look bad, that the member in question was going to shoot themselves in the foot, seeing as THEY were the one making personal attacks and refusing to be any sort of reasonable. We agreed to allow this member to remain with us, though since then, this person has contributed little towards the site and activity, only roleplaying with one other person. They have repeatedly tested or broken the rules of our chat server, causing us to ban them twice. To our knowledge, they have rallied up 3-4 other members, two of them who have been with us since the start of the site, and moved on to another site while remaining on ours in the loosest sense of the word. Most recently, a conversation between our #1 problem member's BFF and several others (all four staff present, included) in which the integrity of the site plot was threatened over this member's interest in a certain personal plot occurred. Nobody was telling this person no, but a lot of questions arose. The member became quickly frustrated and threw up a message about how ridiculous not being able to thread two certain characters together was, and then left our Discord server. Within moments, our #1 problem member came into our Guest channel and, presumably after being fed the convo from their BFF (aka the member who was actually a part of it), went on a very sarcastic tirade. I later received messages from the two members involved, being the only one of four staffers to get one. They apologized to me for their behavior, stating they never wanted to hurt me, but that they cannot deal with my partner anymore. One of the members said that my co-admin is going to singlehandedly tank the site, and that they claim to have screenshots of chat logs where at least six other members have stated they no longer want to be on our site due to my co-admin. I'm so torn right now. I have known my co-admin for YEARS, but I have also made deep friendships within my community, some of which appear to be leaving. I am having a difficult time differentiating whether or not my co-admin is the tyrant that these people claim them to be, or if they're just mad that they didn't get their way. Even if these two are really done, we still have a handful of members remaining with us, a few of which have been something of the ones to contact me in the past regarding my co-admin's attitude in conversations either with them or that they have observed, but generally like the atmosphere of the site and are appreciative of some of the latest rule changes. Our staff team agreed something needed to be done. Due to me being privy to some of our members' disdain for how my co-admin treats them, the two involved included, I attempted to let them know that this seemed less about the questions presented to the member and moreso a culmination of previous conversations where they and/or their BFF felt attacked. My co-admin respondedly very negatively to this, stating they felt attacked and blindsided, even going so far as to state that I should be implicated in being an abusive person because they have proofread and edited messages that I have wanted to send (I can only think of one instance of this), as well as the fact that I have bashed the members in question in private chat with them. Which I won't deny, I've absolutely aired my grievances over applications, content of threads, or being tired of specific members' shit. Some of our members are utter nightmares to admin. However, despite how much I may dislike a member or the things that they do/say, I always treat them objectively and never stopped talking to, plotting, or roleplaying with them. My co-admin on the other hand, has admitted to holding up applications and withholding plots/posts for those that they dislike. I did not deny the accusation, nor did I retort with my knowledge of how my co-admin "punishes" them. I simply stayed quiet. Unfortunately, I'm suspicious that one of our staff members is in cahoots with the two out the door - the #1 problem has been posting very vague, self-deprecating, almost suicidal things on various social media platforms, and one of our staffers has been feeding into it. I feel terrible about this now, and I'm worried that my co-admin's choice to display it in a place where our other staffers could see was basically their way of dragging me under the bus with them. It was almost like a, if they go down, they whole site is going down manner. I am becoming worried that my co-admin is capable of driving members away. I feel like I have invested so much time and emotion into the site that I can't just walk away. Unfortunately, my co-admin also does not appear willing to listen to the testimony of other members, at least not without seeming to be ready to let people know the things that I have said in confidence to them. In the other hand, I'm questioning if I even have any business being an Admin for having complained about people. tldr: Numerous members have complained about my co-admin's abrasive nature, some claiming to have screenshot convos with others about how difficult my co-admin is to get along with. Some members stating my co-admin will be the end of the site. Following a public blowup where a few members left, I brought this to my co-admin's attention, citing it as the likely reason as to why things escalated the way that they did, and in turn they put me on blast in front of the rest of our staff for how I've talked/complained about these people in our private conversations. Afraid to walk away from all the work and dedication but also unsure if I am even capable of being an Admin now. Anonymous poster hash: ab76e...371
  5. So I was discussing this with some other RPers and I've had the same opinion about it for a while. This is a question about applications but not whether to require or not to require applications but actually about something a little more dangerous. Have you ever been asked to play a character and said "Yes... but you have to write the application for me?" I'm well known for being an anti-application advocate but I've been on plenty of sites that use them throughout my entire billions of years of roleplaying. I've had quite a few roleplay partners, administrator friends... I mean loads of people. They enjoy me, they enjoy my quirky writing and they know that if they ask and I accept, no matter what I'll play that character well. That's why they asked me. So... I've said it on multiple occasions and on these occasions I state, "You write the app, I'll play the character." Now the first thing that you think is "NO THAT'S PLAGIARISM!" but is it? Because I'm not taking credit for their work (but I also can't credit them because if I do the staff will know someone else wrote the app) but I also didn't take it without permission. The application was given to me to play a character that this person wanted played, I'm willing to play the character but I'm just simply not willing to go through the application process for. Of course the debate is, "Well if you're not willing to write the app then you aren't invested in the character." Which is not a true statement. I'm invested in every character I create or play. Doesn't matter how or why I play the character, they become mine from the first word I type about them. It doesn't make me less invested in a story, a character or their plot. It just takes away one step from me and lets the person that needs/wants/loves this character to be played. I don't find this any different than someone picking up a canon character and re-writing the words from a wiki about their history to play a canon character. In a way this is actually more personal because you aren't just picking up a canon, you're picking up a character that has value to someone that you enjoy writing with which makes the interaction more valuable overall. I will state that I've done this about 6-12 times and the admins have never been the wiser (in fact I had an admin that did it for me once for their top wanted canon character.... still have the best memories of RDJ singing All the single ladies in his boxers because of that). As an administrator, how do you feel about members creating applications for their RP partners/friends/people that want to play their wanted ads. As a member, if you wanted it bad enough, would you do it?
  6. There's always that one person that wants to show up and whine about something. Sometimes, these have merit. Othertimes, not so much. What is the weirdest/most off the wall/dumbest complaint you've received about your board? Or your characters or whatever!
  7. I'm the only staff member at my site. I opened it by myself, had help for a couple months, and then went back to staffing by myself for many more months. Since my previous mod retired, I've had ads up on my site and at another resource community (that specifically caters to my type of site) looking for help. My main requirement is that they've been a member at the site for a month (to help get them adjusted and see if the site is for them before committing to a staff position). I see lots of people getting staff from that other community, but I can't seem to get any staff members myself. On my site, I have the mod search pinned as an announcement and linked on the chat. I've specified other requirements (basic duties such as help going through apps and sorting lists/accounts) on top of optional tasks they could do if they wanted, as well as what I wouldn't have them do as a mod (e.g. handle difficult members). Any suggestions on what I could do to get another staff member?
  8. Have you ever done social events to draw more lurkers in and get them into the RP game? If so, what kind of events?
  9. Lurkers are important, whether you be a temporary lurker who is sussing out the place, or a permanent lurker, who is enjoying what other people have written. With that in mind: From a lurker perspective, what can admins do to make it easier for you. An example might be: ensuring that guests can easily view all threads that have received a post that day. Whether that be IPS's activity feed, or jcinks getactive link. As an admin, what do you think you can do to help lurkers lurk? What have you done in the past?
  10. This pertains mainly to administration but I have seen this trend on a few places. When coding a responsive website some users have went as far as to hide affiliates on a mobile view (which I understand less images = less distraction/loading time and more friendly user experience when nothing is in the way) but how do admins feel about this?
  11. StormWolfe

    Staffing Lurking in the Shadows

    So, let's talk about Lurkers! In general RPG terms, Lurkers are those that drop into a site or chat, maybe register an account but never get active. That's the short version. I have known and been on sites that kick them off if they are not immediately active. Some sites are far more chill about their Lurker community. Personally, I don't mind them at all! Free advertising because there's always the chance they will tell their friends to check out the site. We welcome them pleasantly and then let them be. The two I have on my western site just hang out, occasionally they chat about our plots. I'm happy if they read our posts and just chill. I know that sometimes Lurkers join sites or Discord, chats, etc., to make mischief. I don't think that is what the majority of them do though and would term the troublemakers as Trolls, not Lurkers. I will not usually register an account until I've finished my lurking phase. I read everything I can find. After that, I'll reach out via chat, guest friendly forum, Discord, etc. So, what do you guys think? Do you allow Lurking? Do you have rules for Lurkers? Good experiences? Lurkers - why do you lurk?
  12. If your site has a calendar I'd love to see it. Especially if you use a wiki page as well for it. So if you have an IC calendar please raise your hand??? Thank you!
  13. A lot of us have Discord servers to go with our roleplay sites - in fact, a lot of roleplayers play on Discord. With that in mind, how do you use integrations with your Discord server? Integrations with your site? I know the Initiative has a bot that notifies us of new posts, so that's one example.
  14. And here I am, back with another question for all of you. Once again, this is a what would be your preference as a player. 😉 Seriously, you'd think I had not run RPGs for more than 30 years! At my two IPS sites, I have a mod installed that allows me to create forms to fill out that then magically create a "scene/thread header" at the top of the very first post. Filling out this when you start a new IC thread, Creates this! Thinking as a Player, would you prefer to have this form or to have the first topic prefilled with an adjustable amount of information to fill out? For example, you would click on Start New Topic (we're IPS) and that topic would be prefilled with "header" information that you can alter easily. I am considering making the topic starter posts at our site the "header", then we start the IC posts. In this manner, the opening post could contain images, etc. relevant to that scene. Help me out please! I want us to consider making player informed choices as we consider revisions and updates to the site.
  15. Rune

    Staffing Wanted Ads

    Do you have special rules for wanteds? How do you handle it if someone takes a wanted and never plays them? Do you moderate wanteds in any way? How do you have the wanted ads forum organized?
  16. I may be putting this topic in the wrong place. If so, am sure Morrigan will tell me to move it. Here's a little background: In the past, as a Game Manager/Admin, I have had nightmare players slip through the chinks in my character applications/bios. By that, I mean suddenly adding all kinds of things not accounted for in the bio (powers, skills, abilities, etc). When taken to task over it and told to rewrite, there is an all-out fight because the bio/app did not ask for that information. As a result, I have gone the paranoid Admin route and tried to cover everything in my bio forms. I am upgrading my three RPG sites and want to revamp my character applications/bios to be as minimalist as possible without shorting the information needed and without leaving us open to truly major issues. Each site is different: American Wild West (1870s), Modern Cinematic Real Life Action Adventure/Mystery, Swords and Sorcery Fantasy (I know I will have to keep some info on magical powers in the bios). Please provide suggestions and feedback. I really need help! I know my current bios are too long and involved and out-of-date. However, please, please, give me ideas, suggestions, and feedback without the I hate applications side of things. I know there are players that simply loathe doing apps. I am never going to eliminate them completely. I do sincerely want to make changes though. Help me! Below is what I consider to be a bare minimum, but if I can shave more off it by maybe expanding character rules or something, hit me with it! Here's my rough draft / revisable minimum list of information fields. Basic Stats / Information Relationship Status Appearance stats (height, hair, eyes because the playby might vary slightly from the character). Short fields for job info, etc. Skills, Abilities (fantasy / magic site) Personality: Need most detail here. Background: Relevant family, friends, foes; timeline of major life events. Here is an example of what I have now for the action/adventure: Bio Template (it's similar to the western). Thank you all!
  17. The Issue: I admin my own game and while I have wonderful staff helping out, things haven't been going so well lately. I’ve been going through some heavy life stuff which has been getting worse. Recently I was dealt another major blow that's going to make my life even more hectic in the next few months. So essentially life’s a mess and I have no energy, time, or even interest for my game right now. So I’ve been debating the question: should I close up the game or offer it to someone else? Should I just try to weather this rough period and hope things will improve? Also, trying to figure out how I break this news to players and staff, if I do leave and pass on to someone else or close the game. The questions: As an admin, how did you know it was time to leave a game/possibly close the game? How did you break the news to staff and players? How did you deal with the guilt? Anonymous poster hash: 227ba...512
  18. People in the rp community are always shocked when I tell them that I put my roleplay experience, namely my staffing positions, on my professional resume. So I'm wondering - does anyone else do this or is it just me? I'll be honest and say that the last rp site that I helped run actually got me the job I have now. Granted, I work at a magazine so "writing" in general is a skill you need to have. But being able to link the site to my interviewer is what made me her top candidate. It's my hobby, something I'm passionate about, and she was really into that - it was something different that made me stand out, and a tangible qualifier for a lot of the "skills" section of my resume. It helped show her not only my writing skills (writing/editing all the documentation, including rules, lore, etc.), but my management abilities, community engagement, ability to collaborate, web design...though I have since left that particular community, I've encouraged my fellow former staff to do the same thing, since we all collaborated and published that material together. Have you ever done this? Why or why not? What's your experience with doing this, or the hesitation that keeps you from putting it there?
  19. Anonymous

    Staffing Tyrant Admins

    Hey there! So, ever felt like there were some site leaders who were just a little over the top? I haven't had to deal with that kind of thing for a long time, but I have a friend who's currently suffering one. They're a staffie on said Admin's site, and has pretty much busted themselves trying to find things to do to get members more involved, greater numbers, some fun going. But now they're dealing with being a scapegoat due to the Admin basically having a dislike of particular members. Basically, this Admin has this bias, and expects all the staff to be just as cold toward particular members as they are. And because my friend won't do that, because they think there shouldn't be a personal bias when it comes to doing staff duties, they're getting the whole 'you're no good for this' treatment now, as well as being told that they've caused problems. Why do people feel the need to be cruel to others? Why not just tell the people they don't like exactly how they feel and to leave their site, instead of trying to force others to be awful to them as well? And furthermore, where does one get off telling someone how they should treat another person? My friend is so stressed out atm, and being told that they do everything wrong and have caused problems, when all they've done is tried to remain unbiased and treat everyone fairly. It's pure, simple bullying. Ugh, I don't understand people who think it's okay to act like a tyrant. My friend became a staff because they wanted to help their friend. But as soon as they refused to bully members, they were the worst person ever. How does that make any sense? I get the feeling that this Admin doesn't want people to see just how biased and mean they personally are, so they try to shield themselves behind the rest of their staff and therefore make it look like it's the member who is at fault for whatever it is their problem is. Which is really chicken if you ask me. What would you guys do in this situation? I mean, resignation of being a staff member seems like the only way, but then there's the possibility of dealing with being the new person that the Admin has a problem with. How do you deal with this kind of behind the scenes bullying? Is there really a way to deal with it? Or is it just better to leave it behind and hope that it all catches up to them one day? I don't like seeing my friend feeling like they have to hide, or like they're going to be targeted next. It's a horrible feeling. Anonymous poster hash: b08c9...ca7
  20. Y'all. Please. Trust me on this one. I would be more than thrilled to show everyone how to export 2x versions of their graphics and tweak the html to control the display size. Why? Cuz these graphics are fuzzy as shit. I had no idea until I started using my work computer (a Macbook) to browse RP sites during my lunch break, but damn. Damn. Retina be ruinin' all y'all's buttons. All my buttons. It's ruining everything. I can't go back to a regular monitor. I've seen the future, and it's drowning in pixel density. I'm never making 1x graphics for my RPs ever again.
  21. Usually I'm pretty good at giving advice to other staffers when it comes to handling problematic members, but this whole situation has me at such a loss that I'm curious to hear the opinions of others. Basically, for the last two (going on three) YEARS, this one guest has appeared on every single site I've had or been on (all the same genre) and asked the same questions in the cbox. These are always things that.. don't really work, i.e, asking if they can use artwork instead of a playby, asking if they can make their own kingdom even though it's blatantly stated in the lore that the current lands are the only ones playable at the moment, etc etc. The kind of questions that make you scratch your head and wonder if they bothered to read anything about the site at all. They never get the response they want but the questions literally have not changed, in years. Occasionally they'll get to the character creation stage but that's only happened twice I think, and they never finished the character. They just constantly lurk, asking these questions. It's gotten to the point where when I started my current site, I thought 'right, __ is gonna appear soon so I'll just ban in advance right??'. Doesn't work because their IP changes. I tend to let them fade out or else tell them the site probably isn't for them & their style of writing won't mesh well with the forum's, or whatever excuse I can think of to ask them to leave. But the entire thing just baffles me so much. They've appeared on my current site again and I don't know what to say to them other than to repeat the cycle of hoping they'll lose interest ... So I guess my questions are: how would you react or handle this kind of situation and has anything like this every happened to anyone else? Anonymous poster hash: 2c9d7...702
  22. So. This is something I am currently experiencing at the moment on my site. And I have seen it elsewhere in other places too. Sites I have been a member on rather than staffing. So far it is not a major issue. But I was just wondering whether any other people have had similar issues. How you have dealt with them etc. Or even if this sort of behavior concerns you too. The issue is as follows. There is a particular member. Who just constantly seems to want to pick an argument in chat. Or undermine people. Anything and everything people say, they have to put in their two cents worth, always, always saying that what everyone else has said, staff included, is wrong. Constantly implying that they know better than everyone, and are better than everyone. It is very off putting and draining. And sometimes it is hard not to snap. But I also get the feeling on occasions, that snapping is also a reaction that they want. So I do not bite. Obviously, there are no rules against people having an opinion. That would be ridiculous. But it does concern me. Especially as I worry if it is getting to me this way. Is it/will it affect other members the same way too and drive them away? What are people's thoughts on this? Anonymous poster hash: 381a7...e44
  23. At what point is it fair to ask someone to leave the board? Does there need to be a major inciting incident? Specifically, what if there are no recent rule violations exactly, but passive aggressive behavior that is frankly even more stressful to deal with because it keeps coming up, but is not as easy to determine intent and is sort of the I know it when I see it type of thing. The staff wants to be fair but the attitude (the disdain for the board seems seems pretty clear) has gotten extremely uncomfortable and makes some of other board members uncomfortable as well. He isn't particularly active on the board, but is in some key places which means there could be an effect on site plots. I certainly know it would be a sigh of relief to the staff and a few members if he left, but that also seems a bit of a terrible thing to even think. It feels a bit like the member is towing the line deliberately, but I also worry I am no longer able to be rational about it due to my own discomfort with conflict. My other staff members are in agreement about our interpretations of this behavior, but even so we are all at a loss of the best course of action because our board in general has always been quite pleasant and drama-free and we wish to be as fair as possible. I am not comfortable nor do I think it is fair to provide any more detail so... this situation aside, when is it okay to ask someone to leave? Or In what situations have you asked someone to leave? Anonymous poster hash: d7e19...f2f
  24. So we have a member I will just call Dude. This person has been a member of our site for a long time and he was probably one of our leading members. Very active. Super creative and we adored his characters SO much. Within the time-frame of a month, they had several characters and were very in tune with what what happening on the site. Jumped into plots. Kept up with their small army of characters. Seriously, they were the best member ever. Until he took offense to something one of our staff was doing... The issue arose surrounding Dude waiting for posts. Which this is why we have relaxed activity requirements and no activity checks, some of us are slow and others don't post in a certain order. Dude had an issue with someone not responding to threads in order, sort of taking it personally that one other person was posting elsewhere while Dude was waiting on a tag from them. (Which Dude messaged ME about instead of the person he was waiting on, I advised them to message them and two days later they got a tag. Assumed they talked it out, guess not come to find out.). Fast forward a few more weeks. Dude flips his lid when someone else admits to forgetting a thread after he rudely told them '-cough- we've been waiting on you', in spite of not being a committed participant to a group thread because she said she might add her character to the thread but never got around to it I believe? It turned into a fest of sarcastic remarks of 'you should use thread trackers, that IS what you have them for...' and then saying 'you have granny memory but its cool, i'm just an ass', and 'i don't really like the notion of someone's post/thread being forgettable'. Really it all smacked of them taking something entirely too personally. They got really passive aggressive and it ended abruptly when we told them to stop. Staff labeled that incident as an emotional meltdown (it was seriously THAT off the wall) and shrugged it off. Since this incident they have shown less desire to be active. Perpetually busy which spiraled into having trouble keeping up with what is going on. Even after seeming to patch things up they are almost never around, when previously they were checking in on discord every day even on their busiest work days. They popped in to say they had real life get in the way and would be slow. Then they pooffed. They have rarely visited the site and we are considering archiving all of his characters on the basis that activity in the past three to four months have been less than minimal. Maybe one or two posts from each character, one of which is an important role. We tried reaching out to him to check and make sure he was okay because straight up vanishing was weird for him. No response. Only a few weeks later did we get a member that was interested in one of Dude's wanted ads. I informed them that Dude was having a rough patch and probably wouldn't respond but to message him and ask, to which this member says 'oh we already chatted about it'. So... -shrug- And after that another week of continued silence and inactivity. We are considering reaching out the check on him one more time and if no response then to just archive all his characters until he returns. To us, that seems like the most logical thing, even if they return within a week of archive the laundry list of posts he owes in threads that are MONTHS old, is a hard climb to make plus everyone else has sort of moved on... so it would probably be easier and less stressful for him to return and sort of start fresh with a bit of a time jump. All he has to do is show up and resubmit his characters. At this point I really don't think they will return, i feel it in my gut but who knows, he might surprise me. Anonymous poster hash: 332f8...f16
  25. So, our site is kinda big when it comes to features. We have hubs that can play in different countries (there's only one at the beginning, though) and which are the usual play-by-post like all of us should be used to. We also have an IC social network that runs on an actual sn software and can be used by characters only. We also have campaigns which are kinda similar to stuff like DnD. You know, finite, there is a goal and some mechanics. We didn't use hard stats but rather talents to keep things a bit simpler, like if you have a high talent level in persuasion you can persuade others more easily. So now I'm wondering how we should play campaigns out. Either with play-by-post or we use Discord. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, like how play-by-post feels more comfortable, allows you to have a character avatar (I doubt anybody is going to chance their Discord avatar just for this - I wouldn't) and it's easier to find old postings while Discord is faster, makes it easier to have a group session (since a campaign kinda requires everyone to be there), we have more variety and can attract more different types of players, and it makes my work as GM a bit easier since I can quickly post results. So, what do you think would be better? And would the fact that we have different types of RP scare players off? (Which doesn't make much sense since you could just join the one you like and ignore the others)

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