Would it be possible to get a definitive answer on whether referrals are only generated if the link is used? I don't normally concern myself with such things, but this particular issue is important to me.
Pulling together what I've read here and on other threads, I believe there may be two use cases for referrals:
Active referrals: A user links to E using the member's unique url and registers (or must they also be approved?). I'm assuming (correct me if I am wrong) in this case, the member must have intentionally copied the url and published/posted it somewhere that was accessible to the potential new member. I call this an active referral because the member must take action to enable a referral.
Passive referrals: A user enters an active(?) member's name in the Referring_Membername field on the signup form. It must be an exact match for an active member - meaning spelling, punctuation, spacing, capitalization, and any special characters - in order to result show up in one's referral count. I call this an passive referral because the member does not need to take any action to enable a referral.
I won't ask what happens if the user links to E using a member link and then enters another member's name as a referral member - because I have the day off and this already feels like work *laughs a little*
Please confirm the two use cases are accurate, or clarify.