Crediting of Referrals
Zurker provides credit in exchange for referrals only if these are determined to be new and unique by our system. A referral
may well be new and unique even if our system can't confirm it as such. However, nonetheless, referrals are only credited if our
system's technical criteria are met.
Some of your referrals will be uncredited. This does not mean that there is anything wrong with the referral, or that it is not
new and unique. It just
means that our system was not able to confirm the referral as new and unique, based on the technical data available to the system.
A referral is considered uncredited if the new account is accessing Zurker under one of two conditions.
- From the same or similar Internet Access Point.
- Using AOL (America Online) as the ISP.
Referrals are considered uncredited if they are on the same computer or Internet access point as the referrer. An Internet access point is
a wi-fi network, an office LAN, or any shared network. If the member used the same Internet access point as the person who invited them,
then the referral will be classified as invalid.
If you are referring someone who shares your home or your office, the referral will most likely be uncredited. This is because the people
in your home and your office tend to share your Internet access point. Therefore family members, roommates,
office colleagues, and
people you meet in a coffee shop will often be classified as uncredited.
Referrals signing up with AOL are uncredited because AOL make it hard to track IP addresses.
The system is strict and many referrals will be identified as uncredited. This is to be expected since most members
will be referring members of their home or office. Many members will feel unhappy about the fact that their referrals are uncredited.
However, it is necessary
for the system to be strict, otherwise people will be opening dozens if not hundreds of duplicate accounts to amass vShares. While
illegally or fraudulently obtained vShares will be reversed by audits, it's nonetheless bad for the site if fraud occurs, even if
One would think that people would be smart enough to understand that if they abuse and undermine the project which they co-own, they are harming
no-one but themselves, but unfortunately many people are not that smart and will attempt to game the system and get vShares for
fake referrals, if we give them the opportunity to do so.
The project will not be successful if we allow it to be undermined by equity loss caused by duplicate accounts.
For the project to have any hope of success we must follow a zero tolerance policy and err on the side of caution. That means if a
referral cannot be automatically identified as completely unique, it will be classified as uncredited.
We understand that your uncredited referral may consist of a real person, and that you think it is unfair. However, that is irrelevant,
as the criterion for determining whether a referral is credited/uncredited is not whether the referral is a real person or not. The criterion is
the technical parameters which the system processes when the account is created.
Complaints and Reversals of Uncredited Referrals
The system is 100 percent automated and we do not have the manpower to evaluate referrals on a case-by-case basis, or
manually overturn referrals identified as uncredited.
We will not entertain ANY complaints or requests to investigate uncredited referrals. Our system's automated decision is final
in all cases. If you contact our staff, developers or co-founders about uncredited referrals which in your opinion should be credited, you will
be referred to this page. Most people, upon reading this page, understand the situation. However, some do not and continue demanding
vShares for uncredited referrals. This is a big problem because we need to be developing features and managing servers instead of arguing
with members about
something that cannot be changed. Consequently, if you still continue badgering us,
we will close your account without warning or prior notice.
vShare credits are not given in exchange for users signing up at a different country's Zurker. If you are in the United States, you will
only get vShare credits for users signing up from the United States. This is because each Zurker is an independent business, and
there are no direct and tangible benefits to Zurker United States if someone signs up with Zurker Australia (or wherever).
Similarly, if you are in India and refer a friend in Poland, the benefit goes to Zurker Europe and not Zurker India, so
the referral is international and it will be uncredited.
Uncredited Referrals FAQ
Why are some referrals uncredited?
We need to have a very strict system to prevent the opening of duplicate accounts, otherwise people would just game the system and
obtain vShares by opening multiple accounts.
How does the system decide whether a referral is uncredited or not?
If AOL is the ISP of the referred user, it will be uncredited. If the Internet access point is the same, it will be uncredited.
There are some other parameters but we cannot disclose all of them.
Does that mean I shouldn't invite family members or co-workers?
No, you SHOULD invite them, and interact with them on Zurker. The more folks join Zurker, the better.
However, you won't get vShare credits for referring them.
Can a new member whose referral was uncredited use Zurker and invite others?
A referral classified as uncredited does not affect the new member's Zurker experience in any way. Even if the referral was classified as
uncredited, the new member can still invite his/her friends and earn vShares (unless, of course, those referrals also turn out to be uncredited
for whatever reason).
The only difference between a credited referral and an uncredited or international referral is that the person who invited the new member
to Zurker does not receive vShare credits. That is all.
Can an uncredited referral be reversed?
No, because the system already made the decision and the decision of the system is final.
Can an admin overturn an uncredited referral?
No, under no circumstances. We do not have the staff, nor the ability to discern whether the referral is uncredited or not, even if we
did have the staff.
Can my referral close their account and start over?
The referral would still be uncredited as the record would remain in the system.
What is the problem if a referral is uncredited?
There is absolutely no problem. The person who invited the new member does not receive vShare credits for that particular referral, but there
are no other issues. Both members can continue using Zurker normally and without hindrance.