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ColdFusion Server Enterprise 9,0,2,282541
Template /rptvisitor.cfm
Time Stamp 26-May-20 03:43 AM
Locale English (US)
User Agent CCBot/2.0 (https://commoncrawl.org/faq/)
Remote IP 173.245.54.75
Host Name 173.245.54.75


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4 ms 4 ms 1 /home/www/html/navmeta_rdesign4.cfm
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GeneralSet (Datasource=forum, Time=0ms, Records=1, Cached Query) in /var/www/expatexchange.com/expat/queries/qry_GeneralSet.cfm @ 03:43:30.030
  SELECT * FROM genset 
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UpdateUserVisits (Datasource=forum, Time=3ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/Application.cfm @ 03:43:30.030
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GetNetworks (Datasource=expert, Time=0ms, Records=153, Cached Query) in /home/www/html/navmeta_rdesign4.cfm @ 03:43:30.030
	Select *
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getname (Datasource=expert, Time=1ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/navmeta_rdesign4.cfm @ 03:43:30.030
	Select networkname, forumLink, frmid, networktype, isCity, hot, networkID, usekeywords, metatitle, shortname, shortnamecap
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getcities (Datasource=expert, Time=1ms, Records=6) in /home/www/html/navmeta_rdesign4.cfm @ 03:43:30.030
	Select *
	From citynetworks
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GetForums (Datasource=forum, Time=0ms, Records=154, Cached Query) in /home/www/html/navmeta_rdesign4.cfm @ 03:43:30.030
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SELECT *
FROM report
WHERE report.rid = 65
and contestend > {ts '2020-05-25 03:43:30'}
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FROM reportdbase, report
WHERE reportdbase.rid = 65
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checklog (Datasource=stats, Time=0ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/navtop_rdesign5.cfm @ 03:43:30.030
SELECT *
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  UPDATE banners
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getintro (Datasource=reports, Time=1ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/rptvisitor.cfm @ 03:43:30.030
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WHERE reportdbase.rid = 65
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getcontest (Datasource=reports, Time=0ms, Records=0) in /home/www/html/rptvisitor.cfm @ 03:43:30.030
SELECT *
FROM report
WHERE report.rid = 65
and contestend > {ts '2020-05-25 03:43:30'}
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WHERE report.rid = 65
AND reportquestions.rid = 65
AND reportquestions.qid = questions.qid
and questions.qid = qoptions.qid
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checkrptarticles (Datasource=reports, Time=10ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/navcontentbox.cfm @ 03:43:30.030
		Select *
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         and rptarticlenetworks.networkid = 108 
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getreportarticle (Datasource=reports, Time=0ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/rewritearticlefirsttitle.cfm @ 03:43:30.030
	Select *
	From rptarticles, rptarticlenetworks
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getnameforarticle (Datasource=expert, Time=0ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/rewritearticlefirsttitle.cfm @ 03:43:30.030
	Select networkname, forumLink, frmid, networktype, isCity, hot, networkID, usekeywords, metatitle, shortname, shortnamecap
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getrptarticlephotos (Datasource=reports, Time=1ms, Records=1) in /home/www/html/navcontentbox.cfm @ 03:43:30.030
SELECT  hiimg
FROM rptarticles
where rptarticleID = 13
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