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Old 06-09-2018, 03:30 PM   #1
WebSlave
Membership referral contest

Recently I implemented an option that enables during registration a prompt that the registrant can use to enter the registered member name of someone who may have referred them to this website. This prompt is located at the bottom of the registration page.



I have noticed that some people are using that function without my advertising the fact that it now exists, so I figured maybe I could expand on this concept and put it to good use.

Bear in mind that the function here to log referrals is rather primitive, and all it does is to log a count of the number of new registrants that have indicated that a current member has referred them here. Nothing fancy, and nothing beyond that in any way automated. The only info I can pull from the data is to select a date range and have a report generated showing a list of referrers that registrants have entered, along with a total count of the number of registrants filling in the prompt with that referrer. So I have to be creative, in a manual sense, in how I use it. Hence a simple and uncomplicated contest based on simple and uncomplicated data.

Obviously some people are referring others to this site, so I want to set up something as a THANK YOU to them, and sort of have some fun in the process. Hence this idea of a "Membership Referral Contest". So, beginning on July 1, 2018 and running through December 31, 2018, the registered member here who gets the highest count of referrals will be awarded a *FREE* ENDOWMENT level membership for one year. A $250 value! Winner will be determined on January 1, 2019 based on the statistics page showing the referral counts for the above mentioned time period.

This contest is open to ALL registered members on FaunaClassifieds.

The decision of the judge (me) will be final.
 
Old 06-24-2018, 05:09 PM   #2
Croghans Reptiles
What kind of prevention do you have for someone that just makes multiple fake accounts and refer their main account to win the contest?
 
Old 06-26-2018, 12:20 AM   #3
WebSlave
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What kind of prevention do you have for someone that just makes multiple fake accounts and refer their main account to win the contest?
I think something of that nature would very quickly become obvious, and there is an excellent chance that I likely will not want someone who would cheat taking part on this site any longer. So if someone wants to cheat, go ahead. Likely they will find that the prize being awarded will be getting themselves banned.

And in such cases, as I mentioned, the decision of the judge will be final.
 
Old 07-04-2018, 02:08 PM   #4
WebSlave
Just a reminder that this contest is now underway.
 
Old 07-10-2018, 07:32 PM   #5
brd7666
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What kind of prevention do you have for someone that just makes multiple fake accounts and refer their main account to win the contest?
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I think something of that nature would very quickly become obvious, and there is an excellent chance that I likely will not want someone who would cheat taking part on this site any longer. So if someone wants to cheat, go ahead. Likely they will find that the prize being awarded will be getting themselves banned.

And in such cases, as I mentioned, the decision of the judge will be final
Rich, it would be very easy to cheat. With all of the free email addresses you can get, and all of the proxy servers you can use, it would be easy to cheat. Have you given any thought to that? Just curious.
 
Old 07-10-2018, 08:07 PM   #6
BobO'Booey
Haha
 
Old 07-11-2018, 12:19 PM   #7
WebSlave
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Rich, it would be very easy to cheat. With all of the free email addresses you can get, and all of the proxy servers you can use, it would be easy to cheat. Have you given any thought to that? Just curious.
Yes, I have. Anyone caught pulling something like that will be dealt with appropriately. That is why I put in the caveat that the judge's decision will be final.

Honestly, I have doubts that many (if any) members will even make the effort to actively participate in this contest, much less make the extra effort to cheat at it. But I thought I would give it a try anyway.

And fyi, for anyone interested. Anyone found using an anonymous proxy server for registration has their registration deleted upon discovery as standard procedure. This site does not allow (where practical) anonymous registrations. Yes, I realize some people might have good reason to use an anonymous proxy server, but in such cases, this is not the site for you.
 

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