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  1. Nobugsonme

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    What do I need to know before I use the forums?

    Please read the Terms and Conditions, Forum Rules and Privacy Policy. Professionals (those who produce or sell products or services) should read all those and they also need to read the "Warning to professionals!" If you use the site, you're agreeing to these conditions. Please also read the site's Disclosure Policy.

    Please look at the FAQs about bed bugs most recommended by Forum readers before posting a question. You can also view the full Bedbugger FAQs here.

    Creating and using your account

    You need to register to post in the forums. Unless you are a bed bug professional who wishes to use their real name, please use a pseudonym for your username. You cannot change your username later, though Nobugs (admin) may be able to.

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    How do I post a message? How do I start a new discussion thread?

    To start a new thread, click "Add new" on the top of the main forums page, or click here.

    How do I post a photo? What are the best tips for getting a clear image?

    How do I post a bug photo for identification? How do I get a clear photo or scanned image?

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    Can I test my posting, photo embedding, and other skills before I post "for real"?

    Sure! Go to the test thread in the green stickies.

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    What is the picture next to someone's post? How do I get one?
    How do I add a "signature" to my post?

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    I see a post where someone is talking about harming themselves / violating forum rules / spamming the site / etc. What do I do?

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    Post updated 8/2014

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