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Referrals Tue, 01 March 2005 09:41 Go to next message
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Ensign

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I know referrals don't actually get you any points, prizes, or puppies, but can anybody explain to me how this works (from the FAQ);

"The referrals are tracked automatically, when you give someone a URL to the forum and they register you will be credit with the referral of that person."

So... what URL would you give somebody?
Hmmm.... Confused



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Re: Referrals Tue, 01 March 2005 10:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Micha

 

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Storm wrote on Tue, 01 March 2005 15:41

So... what URL would you give somebody?
Hmmm.... Confused


Something like this:

http://starsautohost.org/sahforum/index.php?t=tree&goto= 19168&rid=21&S=868de0334909d8b29eeaf0e0af980ba3

Which on clicking it brings the person to your post with the question, than if he registers he's added to your referrals,

mch

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Re: Referrals Tue, 01 March 2005 10:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Micha

 

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Hey! I just saw you're one of mine! Twisted Evil Kneel for your master! Razz

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Re: Referrals Tue, 01 March 2005 12:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Why, but why, but why why?

Hope your boots don't smell.
Me no licky smelly boots... Shocked



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Re: Referrals Wed, 02 March 2005 00:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
gible

 
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I didn't write the forum software so this is merely my best educated guess at how it works:

You post the url of a forum message somewhere, to someone, presumably because the answer to something they asked about is found in that post and/or thread.
Said url might look like:
http://starsautohost.org/sahforum/index.php?t=msg&th=225 7&rid=78&S=bdbe29f5f997f47390f8e88fd6a11b4f
or:
http://starsautohost.org/sahforum/index.php?t=tree&goto= 19168&rid=21&S=868de0334909d8b29eeaf0e0af980ba3

All that weird stuff after index.php? is information, including(but not limited to), which post you're linking to, the user ID of the person viewing the post when the url was copied from the address bar, and even the layout style of the forum when it was viewed. This is why the two links above are different, even though they're both links to the same post.

When an unregistered(or simply not logged in) user clicks on someone else's link to a forum post the software takes note of the user ID in the link and uses that as the referrer if the user chooses to register during that browser session.

It also explains why when I click a link to a forum post, from someone who uses a different layout to mine, I get confused briefly. Very Happy

I suspect users with a lot of refferals unknown to them have posted links to forum posts on rec.computers.games.stars. Certainly we get enough links posted here to usenet posts.

If you want a specific (non-registered) person as a referral, simply give them the url (from the address bar) to any forum post and tell them to click "register" once they're there.

The question now is: Is that enough posts for a fence? Laughing


[Updated on: Wed, 02 March 2005 00:18]

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Re: Referrals Wed, 02 March 2005 03:05 Go to previous message
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Oh my...
I never realised it was that devious...

I feel.. dirty...

(But thanks for the explanation! Very Happy )



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