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“I agree” or “Me, neither” do not contribute to the
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advance for your help” and there is no need to send an additional
follow-up “thank you” post.
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inch or cm, etc.
- Be specific in the subject line of
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post titled “Help, my tree is dying” will not get as much
attention as “White pine needles have yellow spots” because
people scan titles quickly to see what is of interest or in their
area of expertise. If
you have follow-up remarks days, weeks or even months after a
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have the initial discussion.
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please change the subject line as well.
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Title 17 of the United States Code Chapter 5. Fines per infringement
can be as high as $ 150,000.-
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