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Edit - spelling, broken link, minor changes
Senior Member - 10K
posted: Mar. 17, 2005 @ 1:07p
Gfgray On this St.Patrick's Day some green from me for a job well done.
posted: Mar. 17, 2005 @ 8:25p
IMHO this is great, Thanks
posted: Mar. 17, 2005 @ 10:43p
thanks willy and everyone
posted: Mar. 23, 2005 @ 12:42p
posted: Mar. 24, 2005 @ 6:14p
thanks for the update!
posted: Mar. 25, 2005 @ 8:26a
Great, learned a lot here!
posted: Mar. 25, 2005 @ 8:37a
I had a problem putting a link in a thread I started last night. I hit the http button and entered link for a name and then pasted the url in the next window but I didn't get what I expected. Just the URL running across the page - and it didn't even work. Would someone tell me what I did wrong.
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posted: Mar. 26, 2005 @ 6:56p
ZzZzs said: [Q]I had a problem putting a link in a thread I started last night. I hit the http button and entered link for a name and then pasted the url in the next window but I didn't get what I expected. Just the URL running across the page - and it didn't even work. Would someone tell me what I did wrong.
It should be the reverse. Link in first window and then name of that link in second.
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posted: Mar. 27, 2005 @ 6:10p
ZzZzs said: [Q]I had a problem putting a link in a thread I started last night. I hit the http button and entered link for a name and then pasted the url in the next window but I didn't get what I expected. Just the URL running across the page - and it didn't even work. Would someone tell me what I did wrong.Hard to follow not being there. Remember you can do all the trial and error you want here. GL BTW I believe the life span of a thread in Testing 1 2 3 is a hour.
posted: Mar. 27, 2005 @ 10:49p
Thanks Willy -
I looked there before but just didn't see the "start new topic" button. Found it now.
posted: Mar. 30, 2005 @ 4:36p
Hey Tim how about adding something like...
*Product price $00.00 -Please don't post products that are listed on websites for a price of $00.00 unless the site (or email from the site) says that you can buy this product for free by adding it to your cart. 99.999% of the time a price of $00.00 shown on a website is either a reflection that the product is out of stock or that you need to call to get the current price and availability.
I just thought I'd mention this since we have a thread like this now that is already almost 200 posts deep and when ever this happens here we seem to get these kinds of threads for days and days and days.
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posted: Apr. 2, 2005 @ 8:09a
random chance? or beastly coincidence?
(and concidence or not? RokBar and I registered in the same month, and right now at least are showing an IDENTICAL number of posts.........)
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