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What is HubberScore?

Updated on May 2, 2011

Hubber Score AKA Author Score AKA User Score

There are two types of scoring on HubPages. One is for the individual hub, which you can learn more about here, and the other is the score for the person. The Author. The Hubber. Yes, you.

This hub is all about that scoring algorithm, how it works, and how it affects you.

This hub is not endorsed in any way by the Hubbers illustrated above.
This hub is not endorsed in any way by the Hubbers illustrated above.

What we know about Hubber Score

According to a reliable source there are certain things that can affect your HubScore, such as:

  • Total number of published hubs
  • The hub scores of your published hubs
  • The total traffic across all your published hubs
  • How recently you've published
  • Your fans*
  • Participation in the HubPages community (reading and commenting on other people's hubs; forum activity; flagging content violations; rating other people's hubs: thumbs up and down)

* Please note, fanning too many people can have a detrimental effect on your Hubber Score.

How your Hubber Score affects you

Some people are badly affected by a low Hubber Score. Or in some cases, not having the perfect Hubber Score. This can have side effects such as low self esteem, fixating on HubPages HQ stance on non-disclosure of their proprietary algorithm, despising people with higher scores, and looking down on people with lower scores and in some rare cases: diarrhea.

In extreme cases there have been rumors of suicide (though it may have been a perfect 100 Hubber Score auto-erotic asphyxiation celebration gone wrong).

But seriously...

If your Hubber Score is below 75, it will cause all outbound links you've put on all your hubs to become nofollow. This means a consequence of very little or no benefit in terms of search engine rankings (it is of little SEO value, Search Engine bots/spiders crawling and indexing your page will go no further... they will not follow the link).

If you were to publish duplicate content, it is given a HubScore penalty. If you were to publish a lot of duplicate content, the lower HubScores will start to have an affect on your HubberScore. If you're prolific with the duplicate content generation and you're pretty much spamming, your Hubber Score could drop like a rock to below 25. A combination of such a low Hubber Score and lots and lots of low scoring hubs will automatically put a stop to your ability to publish.

Those are a couple of the negative side effects of a low Hubber Score. On a positive note, a high Hubber Score will see you on the Best Authors list. And seriously, who doesn't want to be featured alongside the likes of Mark Knowles and the half a dozen or so hottest chicks on HubPages.

How can I increase my Hubber Score?

When you first sign up it will take a few days, maybe even a week, to see your Hubber Score grow from 0 up into the 75+ range. It will depend on how quickly you can gain a reputation (be it good or bad). If you start strong and publish original content and know how to throw on all the taps for outside traffic, you should rise fairly quickly. If you're new and publish good content. It'll take a little longer. If you sit near 0 for a week then you likely deserve it.

Don't bother making a thread in the forum asking what's wrong with your score or how to fix it. Be patient.

If you're in the 80 to 89 range you're doing well. There's no need to make a thread in the forum asking what's wrong with your score or how to increase it. Be patient. Just keep publishing quality hubs, and start thinking about ways you can promote your hubs (to get extra traffic).

If you're in the 90+ range you're doing extremely well. Don't get Hubber Score envy because someone has 100 and you don't. It doesn't mean they're a better person than you. Though come to think about it, if you are fretting over something as silly as Hubber Score they probably are more mentally balanced than you are. And if being sane isn't a good reason for someone being better than another person, then I don't know what is.

The Bottom Line

Don't fixate on your Hubber Score.

Here's the clincher... those that don't focus on it, are the Hubbers that are the most successful.

Publish quality hubs. Don't spam. Partake in the community in a respectful manner. A high score will come eventually. And by the time you're starting to make some decent coin you won't even care.


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    • Ceres Schwarz profile image

      Ceres Schwarz 

      7 years ago

      Very useful and helpful hub on HubberScore. You're right that people shouldn't worry so much about their HubberScore. But it can be a good thing to see your HubberScore slowly but surely increasing as it can mean that you're doing really well.

    • Parallels profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for giving me a clue what hubberscore is all about. Just started here and the dismally low number had me confused. At least I know it's not too indicative of anything.

    • cfin profile image


      7 years ago from The World we live in

      Verbal diarrhea or the real deal? This hub is awesome. Haha!

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Well, I came here because I'm a newbie to the hubber world (although I've been writing for years) and just wanted to find out what the numbers meant and now I know - so thank you. I had a question. You answered it. And gave extra value in reassuring me not to worry about the numbers. And extra extra value because this hub is also a great example of a good one. Cool. Very cool. Thanks.

    • shuck72 profile image


      8 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks, my hubber score has dropped 8 pts while my traffic has increased ten fold in the same time. I won't worry unless it falls below 75. Appreciate your insight.

    • CLStigs profile image


      8 years ago

      Thank you! I was wondering for a couple days what the number by my profile picture was. I'm a newbie!

    • logan6887 profile image


      8 years ago

      Fantastic hub! This has really helped me out with how to get my hubber score higher!

    • goosegreen profile image


      8 years ago

      That is a very useful Hub for us noobs. Thank you

    • LetitiaFT profile image


      8 years ago from Paris via California

      Hi, I'm new to all this and your hub was exactly what I was looking for, answering all my questions in a most entertaining fashion! It also sparked new ones, for instance, what constitutes spamming (I read your article on famming too)?

      I'm starting a series on travel inspired design and one of the people whose house I photographed asked me to mention it was available as a vacation rental and include a link. Is that considered spamming? Thanks in advance, Letitia

    • teachertalking1 profile image


      8 years ago

      Funny stuff - loving your humor! Very informative - new to HP and trying to figure out the whole "traffic" thing.

    • Mona Germain profile image

      Mona Germain 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi, Newbie here. Esp. to all the technology gizmos!! This was very helpful and clear. Not that i was worried about it. I am still jsut learning to do all the capsules etc! it is good to get the lingo down though!Thank you!

    • bruzzbuzz profile image


      8 years ago from Texas , USA

      This was helpful. I recently fell below 75 and could not figure why. I guess I fanned too many people. It is time to back off.

    • Trsmd profile image


      8 years ago from India

      Thanks darkside for providing clarification here and chance to better their own score..

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      Bad Boss 

      8 years ago from united kindgom

      Thanks for this. I did wander that it means as I'm new to HubPages but now I know and I will sit quietly and wait and see! Thx

    • geetbhim profile image

      sangeeta verma 

      8 years ago from Ludhiana India

      Very informative.

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      8 years ago from Belgium

      Now i finally know what that number actually means and shows. thank you for the information!

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      8 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Thanks for the well-written, easy-to-understand explanation.

    • Knowledgeshared profile image


      8 years ago from Indiana

      Do you have a hub that helps when you get attacked by 100 trolls and you see your hubscore go from 87 to 75. They made all my hubs individually drop (vote down) from 87 to 73 in 1 day... Good thing readers have voted them back up but still , is there anything anyone can do when this happens?

    • Amanda Storm profile image

      Amanda Storm 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for the useful article. I joined Hubpages not long ago and I wondered why my score was 20 before I had done anything. Now I have a better handle on how the score works.

    • Prickly Flower profile image

      Prickly Flower 

      8 years ago from Netherlands

      Thanks for helping us newbies understand the wonderful but at times confusing world of Hubbing! Very funny as well. Loved the part about the perfect 100 Hubber Score auto-erotic asphyxiation celebration gone wrong. Hilarious!

    • pr0phet profile image


      8 years ago from South Africa

      Very good hub :) Apart from being hilarious it is also informative. Thanks darkside... I appreciate your willingness to share useful, helpful information.

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 

      8 years ago from India

      Very informative. thanks a lot for helping new hubbers. I am here for 7 weeks, even then I was not so clear, as ur hub make it very clear.

    • jblais1122@aol profile image


      8 years ago from Kansas City, Missouri, USA

      Very well put. Thank you for the advice, insight, thought.

      voted up! I haven't really thought about my score except to look at editing on those hubs that fall some. I just like to share what I write.

    • PETER LUMETTA profile image


      8 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Never really thought about it.


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      Cindy Murdoch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Great advice. Voted up, and interesting, and useful! I try not to worry about it too much, but sometimes my competitive spirit comes out and then I'm undone. And more often than not, I'm competing with myself, so I always lose. But I always win too.

    • Ddraigcoch profile image


      8 years ago from UK

      Dark you really did make me laugh out loud. As long as I do not ail a nofollow score I really do not mind. I have a temporary writers block at the moment and my score is diving. Panicking over issues like that would only make writers block worse still. Loved the article.

    • Cloverleaf profile image


      8 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Great advice, Darkside! The hubber score has been a great mystery to me. Sometimes my hubber score seems to drop down a point or two for no apparent reason and I have been wondering what I might be doing wrong! I guess I will just keep on hubbin' and try not to worry about it.


    • staceyblount1992 profile image


      8 years ago from England

      Useful hub, thanks i'm new here so I didn't really understand what it was at first, but now I do! Voted up

    • docbruin profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Excellent Hub Darkside. Very informative for a new Hubber like myself. Thanks!

    • Neerizzle profile image


      9 years ago from Canada

      Explained a lot of the questions I had regarding this, thank you.

    • bengraham profile image


      9 years ago

      Thanks for the information, working hard to produce useful Hubs, I guess it just takes a bit of time. Thanks for the hub.

    • Paula M. profile image

      Paula M. 

      9 years ago

      I'm new to HubPages, and this explained a lot. Thanks for the article!

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      Bruce Chamoff 

      9 years ago from New York

      Thanks Darkside. My hubberscore was rising steadily and just went to 89. I am still a little bummed, since I would like to know what I did wrong.

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      Yvonne Spence 

      9 years ago from UK

      Thanks for this article. I’m new here, just learning how it all works and was curious what the hubber score was. It was useful to learn that a score below 75 means outbound links are unfollowed - though I’m not entirely sure I understand what outbound links are! (will have to read up on them next!)

    • Melovy profile image

      Yvonne Spence 

      9 years ago from UK

      Thanks for this article. I’m new here, had only written one article and was curious just what a Hubscore was. You’ve answered my questions. I found it really useful to know you need a score of over 75 for outbound links to work. (though I’m not entirely sure I know what outbound links are! I’ll need to read up on that next!)

    • rozcalvert profile image


      9 years ago from New York

      Exactly what I needed to know. Thankyou.

    • tomretterbush profile image


      9 years ago from San Antonio, TX

      No points for good looks? Darn it!

    • hotwebideas profile image

      Bruce Chamoff 

      9 years ago from New York

      Very cool hub. I just joined today and this hub has informed me about how hubber scores and on no fixatng on them.

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      enlight your soul 

      9 years ago from Bangladesh

      I'm new in hub page. I was very curious about it. Thank you for your helpful hub.

    • Cameron Dean profile image

      Cameron Dean 

      9 years ago from New York

      I have to say I was clueless, Thanks!

    • Amelia Blick profile image

      Amelia Blick 

      9 years ago from UK

      Thanks for this article - it was helpful in sorting out my puzzlement over those digits which appear across the profile pic and against the articles. Thanks again.

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      sharing the sky 

      9 years ago from United States

      This was quite helpful. I appreciate the reassuring tone and straightforward advice. I was a bit concerned when I started noticing my hubscore dropping from 90 and I did find myself fretting a little bit. I'll better focus on writing and participating. Thanks.

    • speedbird profile image


      9 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks for sharing that information. I was initially fixated on my hubberscore but I came to found that writing quality and original hubs makes a great difference.

    • darkside profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Australia

      I've got some accounts (I have a few) in the high 80s with little to no hub activity. Sometimes you just can't predict it.

    • snigdha.s profile image


      9 years ago from India,mumbai

      In the beginning i would be excited when my score went up but now they don't make much of a difference as long as they are above 75.Many times i reached 83 and again it would fall to 79 gradually.For the past 3 days my traffic increased inspite of google's latest clean up drive(this should have been done long back) my score fell again.Today surprisingly it is 84.Participation in hub activity is a major contributor i feel but should be done in a manner that enhances hubpage on the net rather than pile up garbage and all hubbers get affected.Don't you agree Darkside

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      Dovay Lee 

      9 years ago from China

      My mood is often affected by my hubber score. if it goes up, i am happy. If it goes down,i feel a little diappointed at it. after reading your hub, i will treat my hubber score in a common mind. Thanks very much.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      thanks for the information.I am new to hubpages, so it will help me .

    • StarCreate profile image


      9 years ago from Spain

      Thank you, I found this more help than the Learning Center info actually!

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      Helen Bolam 

      9 years ago

      Learned something new. Great Hub.

    • quemacoco profile image


      9 years ago

      thanks for the info. Off I go to incorporate all I've learned.

    • Miss Hellen profile image

      Miss Hellen 

      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Great Hub thanks darkside!

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Thank you darkside, In this hub, I gathered wealth of information about hubber score.

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      Wayne Bennett 

      9 years ago

      We'll I feel a little better knowing I still have an opportunity to bring my numbers up. As a newbie this certainly create a challenge.

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      Curtis Aron 

      9 years ago from Metro Atlanta

      This hub was very useful for me. I just began hubbing a few days ago and learning this information in the beginning will stop me from worrying about my Hubber score and focus more of my attention on writing quality hubs. I will definitely be back to read more.

    • nayaz1625 profile image


      9 years ago

      thanks. very useful information

    • rotl profile image


      9 years ago from Florida

      Very useful hub. I've been trying to figure out why my Hubber score won't go over 65. I guess I need to stop thinking about it! Good tips... look forward to reading your other hubs.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Thanks for great insights

    • reversecharles profile image


      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Dark, I too lost some hubber mojo. I hope to get it back and your hub explains a lot.

    • ReggieD06 profile image


      9 years ago


      Thanks for the info. I have to admit that I was saddened when my score dropped below 80 after deciding to take a more active role in building traffic to my hubs. I'll put away the knife for now and be patient :-).

    • jamesphilipson profile image


      9 years ago from USA

      That was extremely useful info. Thank you very much.

    • |Pranshu| profile image


      9 years ago from The Information SuperHighway

      Thanks for the info. I'm glad I read this one.

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      Jonny Cage 

      9 years ago

      very useful!!!


    • SonnyCollova profile image

      Sonny Collova 

      9 years ago from Tampa Florida

      I wish I had read the instructions first. I'll just keep publishing and see how it goes without deleting my low scoring Hub. Thanks for the tips.

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      Kirt Primeaux 

      9 years ago from Tyler Texas

      Job well done~!

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      nikitha p 

      9 years ago from India

      very informative hub, Thanks.

    • Successful Living profile image

      Sherry Vacik 

      10 years ago from Prague, Czech Republic

      Hi Darkside,

      Your hubs are always very informative--including this one. This one helped me to better understand my own score and what can affect it. The answer to obtaining a high score is patience, hard work, and fresh, unique content.

    • trafford profile image


      10 years ago from San Diego

      Darkside wrote the very informative hub here for all the hubers, who were just trying to promote their websites, those who just doing spam and spread copied content worth nothing, so great hub!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      10 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Oh my! I'm a newbie and didn't know any of this. Such a great hub. I absolutely love writing for hubpages. But I have a question about "duplicate content". Does that indicate that I am copying my own content from another writing source like ehow? I show 2 articles with a duplicate. How do I remove the duplicate? I sure don't want to see any more of these. Yikes! Thanks so much for this valuable information. I have so much to learn regarding hubpages.A big thumbs up and following also.

    • JoshuaBlack profile image


      10 years ago from Michigan, USA

      I really appreciate the part of your post about the nofollow below a score of 75. I was not aware of that. I will definitely work on my quality and be sure not to repeat content.

      -Joshua Black

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      Jon Law 

      10 years ago from Birmingham UK

      quality conent is the key it seems, a common theme in online.... anything

      useful information for me, being a new hubber

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      David 470 

      10 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

      very informative and humorous, I see i am in the good status so i guess i am doing decent

    • mattlaclear profile image


      10 years ago from Mason, MI

      So the first rule of raising your Hubber Score is "Not To Worry About Raising Your Hubber Score??? Sounds easy enough. =)

    • puppytraining09 profile image


      10 years ago

      Good information... I have signed up for hubpages for a long time. Just published my first hub a few days ago.

    • tweetter profile image


      10 years ago

      Very useful article, keep posting.

    • DonnyBoy profile image


      10 years ago from Western New York


      Kinda wondered, why some terribly written hubs were scoring 90's?!

      I mean bad grammar, worse than a tard. This clears the air and sums it up, thanks.

      Rate it: Up!

    • JYOTI KOTHARI profile image

      Jyoti Kothari 

      10 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Darkside,

      Thanks for a nice hub. However,

      Hubber score remains a mystery for me. My average hub score has risen during two months but not the hubber score. I do not know why.

      Thanks for sharing. Thumbs up!

      Jyoti Kothari

    • jabelufiroz profile image


      10 years ago from India

      Not just a comment. Hub was really helpful. Thank you and come up with more useful stuff.

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      Truth Exposed Pub 

      10 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      It's good to see a hub like this that can answer these questions for all the newbies. Great resource, and thanks for sharing this information on hubber scores!

    • Portamenteff profile image


      10 years ago from Western Colorado, USA

      Very informative Hub. I am not too worried about hub scores. I just don't want to go into the spam range. This answered the questions I was about to ask.

    • CorriStar profile image


      10 years ago from Winsted Ct

      This was really helpful thanks.

    • Destined To Win profile image

      Destined To Win 

      10 years ago

      Thanks. Best hub I've read yet about the scoring process. Detailed but not boring. Humorous yet informative.

    • Sophia Heresford profile image

      Sophia Heresford 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      I will not fixate. I will not fixate. I will just keep writing and not worry about my author score.

      But I will be kind of puzzled as to why it tanked so badly.


    • .Ninna. profile image


      10 years ago

      Thanks so much for helping me understand about these scores. I really appreciate it! :)

    • E.R.Gile profile image


      10 years ago from Northwest Ohio

      I will take your advise to heart. I will not sweat the hub score and just continue to put original good content on the hub. Thanks good advise.

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      Canadian Investor 

      10 years ago from Canada

      This is just the article I needed to read starting out. Thank you!

    • yoshi97 profile image


      10 years ago from a land called 'what if?'

      An excellent hub with useful info for all who are new at Hubpages. Great work! :)

    • Naomi Harcourt profile image

      Naomi Harcourt 

      10 years ago from New York

      well now I understand what that 22 means on my profile pic.

      I just published my first Hub. Seems I have much to learn yet!

      Thanks for the info! :)

      I'll try not to be too jealous of your 96. Don't want to wind up getting diarrhea worrying over it! ;0)

    • bohemian_888 profile image


      10 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you for sharing this information. It is very helpful for new users like me.

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      Insurance Guy 

      11 years ago

      Another great hub, thanks a lot for the information.

    • ajparker profile image


      11 years ago from North Carolina

      Good overview - I'm still mystified why an Author score could drop 55 points overnight (!?!) I had published a new hub two or three days ago, and my hub scores still seem okay, but yikes....

    • prasannasutrave profile image


      11 years ago from mumbai( india )

      Thanks for such a valuable information.

      Actualy i am serching for the information, i got this hub from your forum reply.

      Many of points are cleared right now.

    • emievil profile image


      11 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for the hub, darkside. I've only been here for two weeks and, admittedly, one of my favorite pasttimes whenever I'm in hubpages is looking at my score (kind of pathetic really). After the first week, I started going away from my site and really looking at more and more hubs, such as this one. This week my favorite pasttime in hubpages is reading what's inside the forums. Next week, we'll see.

      I have a question. What if you don't write anything for a whole month, will that affect your Hubscore? I see I'm still obsessed with Hubscore but I really need to know. Thanks!

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      11 years ago

      Hi Darkside,

      Hmm hubscores similar to things like top 100 lenses on Squidoo much the same kind of thing. I did a crackpot thing I eliminated my lens about Ruth Nunez who played ugly betty in Spain (made another lens UglyBetty) and put the title and url into English it practically has no views now. Before it had loads of traffic even though it was written in English lol. Feel like giving up no chance I can write much more freely about something I see most days and its quite funny. My lens about Ruth Nunez made me the most cash alas now it does not at the moment.I don´t care about hubscores or being a squidoo nobody I just love writing thats all. I care about being me first. I´m a real dud at writing sales pages lol.

      Have a great Summer everyone take care out there.

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      Connie Smith 

      11 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Though I am not worried about my hubscore, I followed a link here from the forum. Brilliant to be able to take this subject and make it so amusing. I loved it.

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      11 years ago from The Netherlands

      :) Happy to see my own hubscore in the 90's within a week :) helpful hub.

    • kmackey32 profile image


      11 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Thanks for the information. I have a 93 I guess that means I must be doing well! Awesome. thanks

    • profile image


      11 years ago

      Great hub, thanks for inserting a little humor here and there. You did clarify some questions I've had. So, thank you.

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      Common Thred 

      11 years ago

      Very helpful; and a little humorous too! lol I like it. Thanks for the answer to my question.

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      11 years ago from Bangalore

      Very informative. Thanks darkside

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      S K G Rao. 

      11 years ago from Bangalore City - INDIA.

      The score is importent to feel some confidence in keeping up my writing.If low score is contineous I feel it's no use trying to do what I can't do,which is good writing.


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