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« on: August 13, 2005, 10:51:27 am »
This is something I've wanted to write for a while. It's kind of a follow-up (not really) to Isn't Anything's "Never posted at a message board" thread. However, this list is substantially different. This is sort of a list of things I've had in my head on how to survive and establish yourself at USB. These are not the same as the Official Rules and Isn't Anything's thread. These are things I've kept with me since my first day that helped me along the way, and I hope that it works for newbs.

1. Make friends with mods early on. Don't suck up, but start a conversation with them. Why do I say this? Well, when you're in a tricky spot, a mod can always help out. Not that they'll let you get away with doing rotten stuff. (I know that if I said something incredibly innaprorpiate, Liz or Kenny or any other mod would still warn mem no matter how much we may be friends, and that's what makes them good mods.) But when you're confused about something, they'll be your guide. Not just that, but the mods are some good people. Just by striking up a conversation you can see why they were picked as a mod. Except Sean. We're still trying to figure him out.

2. Be yourself! We all have distinct personalities, and to hide them would be a shame. When I post at message boards, I always act like myself. I remember making a post a while back where I mentioned visiting this message board while using the toilet. Instead of being grossed out by it, some people actually thought it was pretty funny! If people like me, then good. If they don't, it's okay, I don't want to interact with someone who doesn't like me for who I am. When you make friends because they like you for you, it feels so much better then when they're your friends because of someone you're not.

3. If you do something wrong, acknowledge it. Even if you don't mean your apology (but you should), say it. It shows class, and it shows that you realize you've done wrong and you'll know better next time.

4. Participate. What better way to show other members that you're enthusiastic about being here than to, say, post in the Games thread, or critique a fanfiction or a piece of artwork? This also ties into being yourself.

5. The music is everything. People will instantly respect you for listening to the same music they do. I mean, they respect you for other things too, but the taste in music may make a big difference. The Green Day Cult is a pretty tight-knit group, I've noticed, and even though we were friends before, I've bonded with Alex over several similar artists, among them being David Bowie. And I met my adoptive son Banana through a love of They Might Be Giants. Find out who likes what you like, and get to know that person. Oftentimes you'll find you get along.

6. This is already on the rules, but I can't say enough how important it is that you don't be an arse. Even when you disagree with someone about something, keep your head and be the better man. Don't call people names, don't be offensive, all that jazz. When disagreeing, see if you can make it a civil argument. If you want a frame of reference, act exactly the opposite as Bush and Kerry in last years Presidential debates.

7. Try to add something to the topic. This has long been a gripe of mine, but really... saying in a movie thread something like "I liked it. It was good." doesn't really add anything to the topic, doesn't really add anything to your standing on the board (except for your post total), and too much of it will sort of come off like spam. (Added by Alex)

8. Please READ the thread you're looking at, many times have I seen that someone will add something to a conversation that has already been said because they only read the title of the thread, or added something completely wrong because they havent read another members post correctly. I believe if people read and understand the topic before they reply, the conversation/thread would grow, and you'd get to know more about the people participating. (Added by chongsta)

9. Don't post about every personal life problem you have. Many members get annoyed when someone writes about their boyfreind/girlfreind problems all the time. A personal life problem that is something major, like a death or serouis illnes in the family, getting a new job, or moving are ok. But posting about everything that happens in your life is not ok. If you want to do that make a blog. (Added by Rocko)

10. Please, for the love of mankind, don't walk into the forum and post "pokemon is stupid" in a topic about power puff girls for your first post. Everyone will flame you to no end and the mods will hate cleaning up the mess. In short, read the forum for a while before you make your first post (not counting your 'introduction to the forum' post) Added by VulturEMaN

Please leave feedback, or any pieces of advice YOU have to add to the list.
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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2005, 11:12:19 am »
Wow. You make some good points there.  This needs to be pinned.

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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2005, 12:29:45 pm »
I agree.

This thread shall be pinned in...

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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2005, 12:46:20 pm »
Yay for good tips. I have definately used some of these to my advantage

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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2005, 01:43:39 pm »
Very good tips. :) I'll use them.

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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2005, 05:30:51 pm »
Wow. I didn't expect it to be pinned. That's sorta cool.

Everyone, feel free to add to it if you wanna. I'll edit the post, add your thing, and credit you.

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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2005, 05:35:59 pm »
OK, add this:

Try to add something to the topic.  This has long been a gripe of mine, but really... saying in a movie thread something like "I liked it.  It was good."  doesn't really add anything to the topic, doesn't really add anything to your standing on the board (except for your post total), and too much of it will sort of come off like spam.  I'm sure Jack here can put in into nicer words and all, but in essence: if you have nothing to add to a topic, then don't say anything...

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« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2005, 06:17:50 pm »
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OK, add this:

Try to add something to the topic.  This has long been a gripe of mine, but really... saying in a movie thread something like "I liked it.  It was good."  doesn't really add anything to the topic, doesn't really add anything to your standing on the board (except for your post total), and too much of it will sort of come off like spam.  I'm sure Jack here can put in into nicer words and all, but in essence: if you have nothing to add to a topic, then don't say anything...
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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2005, 08:08:48 am »
One thing I might like to add, if approved is...

Please READ the thread you're looking at, many times have I seen that someone will add something to a conversation that has already been said because they only read the title of the thread, or added something completely wrong because they havent read another members post correctly. I believe if people read and understand the topic before they reply, the conversation/thread would grow, and you'd get to know more about the people participating.

I don’t know what other people's opinions are on this, but this is mine.
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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2005, 05:34:50 pm »
i think i've done that before I don't know

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« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2005, 05:44:23 pm »
You forgot to befriend Fink, because she is so nice and everything.

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« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2005, 07:46:55 am »
nice list of Forum Politics.

except rule number five....where it's advised that i listen to the same music everyone else does in order to gain respect.....


you see where i'm going with this...don't you?   :mellow:

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« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2005, 08:15:08 am »
Add this to the list;
Don't post about every personal life problem you have. Many members get annoyed when someone writes about their boyfreind/girlfreind problems all the time. A personal life problem that is something major, like a death or serouis illnes in the family, getting a new job, or moving are ok. But posting about everything that happens in your life is not ok. If you want to do that make a blog.

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« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2005, 02:58:37 pm »
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Add this to the list;
Don't post about every personal life problem you have. Many members get annoyed when someone writes about their boyfreind/girlfreind problems all the time. A personal life problem that is something major, like a death or serouis illnes in the family, getting a new job, or moving are ok. But posting about everything that happens in your life is not ok. If you want to do that make a blog.
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Agreed. Though I haven't seen much of that problem since, I don't see why we shouldn't warn them about it.

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« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2005, 03:15:16 pm »
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nice list of Forum Politics.

except rule number five....where it's advised that i listen to the same music everyone else does in order to gain respect.....


you see where i'm going with this...don't you?   :mellow:
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I don't think that's what he meant. I think it was more like, try to find someone who has some of the same tastes in music as you. You'll find some common ground there and probably have made a new friend.

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« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2005, 05:55:08 pm »
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Add this to the list;
Don't post about every personal life problem you have. Many members get annoyed when someone writes about their boyfreind/girlfreind problems all the time. A personal life problem that is something major, like a death or serouis illnes in the family, getting a new job, or moving are ok. But posting about everything that happens in your life is not ok. If you want to do that make a blog.
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Agreed. Though I haven't seen much of that problem since, I don't see why we shouldn't warn them about it.
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It was a big problem right before you joined. Anyone who remembers my thread about the endless how personal life threads where cloging up the forum knows what I am talking about. And these where over trival things like boy problems.
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« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2005, 07:44:54 pm »
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Add this to the list;
Don't post about every personal life problem you have. Many members get annoyed when someone writes about their boyfreind/girlfreind problems all the time. A personal life problem that is something major, like a death or serouis illnes in the family, getting a new job, or moving are ok. But posting about everything that happens in your life is not ok. If you want to do that make a blog.
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Agreed. Though I haven't seen much of that problem since, I don't see why we shouldn't warn them about it.
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It was a big problem right before you joined. Anyone who remembers my thread about the endless how personal life threads where cloging up the forum knows what I am talking about. And these where over trival things like boy problems.
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I remember that thread. I just don't want to point any fingers directly at anyone who actually did it.


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« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2005, 01:37:09 am »
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One thing I might like to add, if approved is...

Please READ the thread you're looking at, many times have I seen that someone will add something to a conversation that has already been said because they only read the title of the thread, or added something completely wrong because they havent read another members post correctly. I believe if people read and understand the topic before they reply, the conversation/thread would grow, and you'd get to know more about the people participating.

I don’t know what other people's opinions are on this, but this is mine.
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That should be on the list aswel, I've seen this many times myself and it can get extreamly irritating.

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Don't post about every personal life problem you have. Many members get annoyed when someone writes about their boyfreind/girlfreind problems all the time. A personal life problem that is something major, like a death or serouis illnes in the family, getting a new job, or moving are ok. But posting about everything that happens in your life is not ok. If you want to do that make a blog.

Same with this too, I've seen this many times aswel, this should be on the list too.

Here's one:

Try not to type everything in capitals and do watch your spelling and grammar, some people find trying to read something that hasn't been sorted out is very irritating.
Also, watch your language and be careful what you say around other people who are expressing their beleifs, you might offend someone and start a 'flame war'.
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« Reply #18 on: August 18, 2005, 10:02:27 am »
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nice list of Forum Politics.

except rule number five....where it's advised that i listen to the same music everyone else does in order to gain respect.....


you see where i'm going with this...don't you?   :mellow:
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Yes I do, and it sounds like ya need to reread it.

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« Reply #19 on: August 18, 2005, 10:18:17 am »
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Yes I do, and it sounds like ya need to reread it.
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The music is everything. People will instantly respect you for listening to the same music they do.

i can read just fine, mod-wannabe.   :happy:

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« Reply #20 on: August 18, 2005, 10:30:16 am »
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Yes I do, and it sounds like ya need to reread it.
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The music is everything. People will instantly respect you for listening to the same music they do.

i can read just fine, mod-wannabe.   :happy:
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1. You may be able to read it fine, but interpreting it? That might be an issue. In no way did I say that you should listen to what others do to be cool. I meant that by finding other people with the same musical taste as you, you might be able to make some friends. I notice the rest of my paragraph has been left off.
2. "Mod-wannabe"? Good God, the last thing I want to do is become a mod. I'm saying things in the perspective of a member who wants stuff to go smoothly.

Anywho... let's avoid any confrontation, I've had enough of that.
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« Reply #21 on: August 18, 2005, 10:37:19 am »
To avoid misinterpretation, you should state stuff in detail

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« Reply #22 on: August 18, 2005, 10:40:16 am »
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To avoid misinterpretation, you should state stuff in detail
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The original text is as detailed as it can be. In fact, this about covers it:

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« Reply #23 on: August 18, 2005, 10:40:51 am »
well...these kida are still in school...we'll let it slide. ;)

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« Reply #24 on: August 18, 2005, 10:42:22 am »
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well...these kida are still in school...we'll let it slide. ;)
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« Reply #25 on: August 18, 2005, 10:44:39 am »
Now the rules are updated more clearly :P

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« Reply #26 on: August 18, 2005, 10:45:36 am »
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Now the rules are updated more clearly :P
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They've. Been. The. Same. The. Entire. Time! I only edited the first post to add two rules by Chongster and Rocko. But #5 has been the same thing ever since I posted it.
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« Reply #27 on: August 18, 2005, 10:46:40 am »
Umm...apparently not on my screen. My screen didnt have that much #5 until just now. Meh, oh well.

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« Reply #28 on: August 18, 2005, 10:48:32 am »
Just ask anyone who saw it when I first posted it (Banana, Hannah, chongster).

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« Reply #29 on: August 18, 2005, 11:04:17 am »
you should edit rules 5....god forbid more mindless individuals conform to listen to what everybody else listens to... :D

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« Reply #30 on: August 18, 2005, 02:58:16 pm »
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you should edit rules 5....god forbid more mindless individuals conform to listen to what everybody else listens to... :D
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Jack made this to tell new people what they should do in order to get along with some people here.  It doesn't mean they HAVE to do it; it's just a suggestion.  It's a fact that liking the same music as other people tends to make you a little more accepted by everyone.

Best thing to do would be to stop babbling about how these things need to be changed.  It's a guide to surviving, not a guide to being different than everyone else, as you seem to want it to be.

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« Reply #31 on: August 18, 2005, 03:11:38 pm »
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Best thing to do would be to stop babbling about how these things need to be changed. It's a guide to surviving, not a guide to being different than everyone else, as you seem to want it to be.

wow...and i thought i was the biggest ::Dolphin Noise:: hole here.   :laugh:
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« Reply #32 on: August 18, 2005, 07:52:36 pm »
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Best thing to do would be to stop babbling about how these things need to be changed. It's a guide to surviving, not a guide to being different than everyone else, as you seem to want it to be.

wow...and i thought i was the biggest ::Dolphin Noise:: hole here.   :laugh:
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Still are.

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« Reply #33 on: August 18, 2005, 07:55:10 pm »
truth.  not that any of the mods give a ::Dolphin Noise:: enough to do anything about it.  ;)

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« Reply #34 on: August 18, 2005, 08:30:42 pm »
0. Have fun and don't worry about everyone else. -.-

not so much a rule... more of a challenge.

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« Reply #35 on: August 18, 2005, 11:39:34 pm »
trust i am not worried....and it's challenging others i love.  arrrrr.

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« Reply #36 on: August 19, 2005, 02:29:41 am »
put also beware for bullies. i nearly quitted coz of bullies

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« Reply #37 on: August 19, 2005, 04:17:28 am »
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wow...and i thought i was the biggest ::Dolphin Noise:: hole here.   :laugh:
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No! You're lying! You used to be a really funny and mature member of Spongebob Crazy!
Don't tell me you've gone to the dark side! O_o

Oh...I have one.

(um, some number goes here) Try to control yourself, read your post before you submit it and think of what types of responses you might get. You also need to be aware that not all people find the things you think are funny very funny themselves, so you may get a negative response.
You aslo should be aware that certain posts may irritate or aggitate some mebers very easily, you must also learn to cope with how they respond.
If someone says a topic you made is stupid, just ask as to how it can be improved...when they just fire insults after you ask them, you should tell a MOD or an ADMIN about the person so they can deal with them.
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(here's another one) Do not go over-the-top with unhappiness as it makes you seem over-dramatic, this can also irritate people nd make matters worse for your image on the forums.
If you have a bad temper, find an alternate solution to get rid of it instead of taking it out on other members, and if you are irritated easily by certain members, be sure to tell them so that they can either improve their behaviour in the furture.
Try not to upset other members because of your unhappiness, try to keep it to yourself, if you really need advice, talk to your local ADMIN or MOD. They can help you.
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(and the last one) Be careful what you say about certain music and cartoon shows, movies and so on as you may upset another member.
Respect others taste in music, even if they love a band you hate, try to treat them as they should treat you: with respect.
If you don't like a movie, you  can say so...but don't go saying to a person that what they love is rubbish and they are stupid for liking it, since that gives you a bad image.
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« Reply #38 on: August 22, 2005, 08:19:14 am »
We need add:

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« Reply #39 on: August 24, 2005, 12:26:05 am »
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No! You're lying! You used to be a really funny and mature member of Spongebob Crazy!
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« Reply #40 on: August 24, 2005, 02:53:34 pm »
great tips actually it should be PINNED! :biggrin:

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« Reply #41 on: August 24, 2005, 03:26:06 pm »
It already IS pinned, Sponge Hero 101.
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« Reply #42 on: August 24, 2005, 03:43:08 pm »
oh i didnt see that sorry! :blush:

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« Reply #43 on: August 24, 2005, 07:54:04 pm »
Oh and also: If you can't say anything nice. Don't say it at all!

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« Reply #44 on: February 20, 2007, 05:13:48 pm »
Okay boss! I understand  :ph34r:

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« Reply #45 on: February 27, 2007, 03:13:05 pm »
Yeah. "If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say it at all!" Thats a good one to add.

(Sorry it was said already but that's just to agree. I agree with the person who said ^)

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« Reply #46 on: December 21, 2007, 01:19:26 am »
thats good!

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« Reply #47 on: December 21, 2007, 01:19:59 am »
people could look back and think about it.

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« Reply #48 on: December 06, 2008, 08:49:45 pm »
thanks these tips can help a lot of people