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Discussion in 'About TUG BBS' started by Slinger, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. dioxide45

    dioxide45 TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

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    I know I never used this page to refer the person that signed up using me as a referral.
     
  2. Passepartout

    Passepartout TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

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    Referring someone to TUG is like wetting your pants in a dark suit. It gives you a warm feeling but nobody notices. :)
     
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    DaveNW TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

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    If I asked whether you knew this from personal experience, I suppose you'd say, "Depends." :D

    Dave
     
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    I refer people to TUG all the time on Facebook, or at least direct them to the forum. From now on I’ll specifically tell them to say I referred them when they join.


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  5. Passepartout

    Passepartout TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

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    That's what I'd say if you asked me how I like getting older. . . . Depends!?
     
  6. TUGBrian

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    there is absolutely a referral field when someone creates a new membership. we get them every day. some people use full names, some use forum logins, some use email addresses....many use "this friendly couple we met while on vacation" or similar to which we ask for more info.

    either way, every single person that joins as a paid member is asked who referred them if anyone.
     
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  7. TUGBrian

    TUGBrian Administrator

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    its also stored on our membership records, we will actually apply them to expired memberships if we dont hear back regarding renewals too.
     
  8. TUGBrian

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    we dont show any referral awards on this email address. what was your friends name/email (welcome to pm me privately vs post it here) and ill look up their new membership form.
     
  9. TUGBrian

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    we show you had one referral award in the past, which was used back in 5/2018 to extend your membership 6months per your request?
     
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  10. TUGBrian

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    we show the lone referral award for this account was on Jan 11, 2011 =)
     
  11. TUGBrian

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    just for funsies...there are actually only 165 lifetime members. many of these are of course volunteers/admin/mods/etc over the many years TUG has been in existience...but a good number of those are indeed folks who have referred 10+ other members to TUG.

    at least 1 new member joins every day from a referral from another TUG member.
     
  12. Passepartout

    Passepartout TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

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    Thanks Brian. I'm proud to be a TUGger and share the good vibes of this place.
     
  13. TUGBrian

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    rest assured, TUG absolutely would not continue to function if it were not for word of mouth from TUG members!

    word of mouth from one timeshare owner to another means more than any online review or ad!
     
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  14. DaveNW

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    Ok, thanks. Tug membership rates are so reasonable, it's not a big deal at all. I write reviews every time I stay someplace. So I always thought I was getting this or that reward for stuff. When I get the membership renewal notice, I've always just said, "Use whatever I have available to extend my membership for however long." I don't pay attention to what sort of things have garnered me the extension, because there's no way to check it myself. Do I have two two-month extensions for writing reviews, or three? If I write a review for a resort that has a "Review Award" available, as I think I did last year, what does that mean, really? Isn't that also a six month extension? But since it can't be checked by the members, it seems petty to waste a Mod's time to ask. But nobody ever really knows where they stand, so when they extend the membership by however much, I assume it's a correct application of the rewards available. :shrug:

    I will say, though, that I always thought referrals to new members was an accrued thing. That over time, if ten people joined because of me, I'd earn a Lifetime membership. If I understand what you're saying here, by getting that six month membership extension, I "wasted" that referral, as far as a Lifetime credit goes? So it's gone?

    Not trying to be difficult, just trying not to be confused. :D

    Dave
     
  15. Passepartout

    Passepartout TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

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    I didn't think a 'Golden Shellback' could possibly be confused! Ahoy, Matey!
     
  16. TUGBrian

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    lots to answer, so forgive me if I miss an item in this reply!

    1. mods have no access to any of this info as it relates to your paid TUG membership, but you can at any time send an email to tug@tug2.net to ask for any information regarding your referral or review awards at any time. its all tracked/recorded on your offline membership record (we dont store actual TUG personal data online other than your username/email etc).

    2. yes that is all you need to do is send that reply and we will extend your membership for you, nothing else is necessary and yes i show your membership has been extended this way for quite some time, we are always happy to reward those who give back to the community!

    3. yes every review (within reason) will earn an extension, either 2mo or 6mo (latter being a fair quality review of a resort that hasnt had a review in some time). while this isnt applied automatically, the award never expires and can be used to extend your membership upon your renewal date (see answer 2)

    4. you can absolutely use referral awards to extend, and it does NOT reduce your count towards the lifetime award.
     
  17. DaveNW

    DaveNW TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

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    Careful, Shipmate. Davy Jones needs a Messcook. ;)

    Dave
     
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    Thanks, Brian. I absolutely appreciate the extensions of the membership, and I always thought using them was what I was supposed to do. Why else have the extension credit available if I didn't use it? I don't need ad credits, since I don't advertise anything. :)

    I may have misunderstood your earlier post when you said "we show you had one referral award in the past, which was used back in 5/2018 to extend your membership 6months per your request?" I took that to mean that by extending my membership it had "used" that membership referral somehow. Now I'm understanding you to say that even if I did extend my membership through that referral, the "credit" for the referral is still on file? And if that is true, is there a way to know how many membership referrals I've earned over the years? (It may only be a few, for all I know.) To flip that on its head, how far away from a Lifetime Membership am I?

    Dave, appreciative, as always. :)
     
  19. TUGBrian

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    sorry if i wasnt clear!

    that is the only referral credit I show on this account. used or not, you are at 1/10 for the lifetime membership.
     
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    DaveNW TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

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    Ok. I'm good. <Whew!> This freebie stuff is hard! ;)

    Appreciate you, Brian. You're a tireless, patient guy. At least, I think you are. LOL! ;)

    Dave
     
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    no worries here, up with sick kiddo and catching up on emails =)
     
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    Hi Brian
    Hope your kid feels better soon.
     
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