Dear IL’ites, Hope you all noticed a field called “referrals” appear in all your messages and also in your profile. Wondering what that is? It’s a pretty cool way to keep count of the number of new members you helped bring to the IL family. Here is the skinny.. How does the system track your referrals? There are three main ways. When a friend of yours registers in our site, there is a field in the registration form (under “Additional Information”) called “referrer”. If the new member puts your username in that field, you get credit for that referral. [Tip: When you use the “Tell-A-Friend” feature in our site, please instruct your friends to put your IL username (not just your name) in the “referrer” field under “Additional information” while registering.] Each of you have a unique referral link. You can obtain your unique link by going here. If you use your unique link to invite friends to IL, you will get credit for that referral. [Tip: If you use your personal email (hotmail, yahoo or gmail) to send a note to your friends about IL, please use your unique referral link.] When you use “Email this page” feature (Thread Tools -> Email this page) your unique referral ID automatically gets added to that link. When your friend uses that link to register, you get credit for that referral. [Tip: Take a few seconds to generously forward threads that you like in IL. It gets painlessly tracked] What about all the referrals you have done until now? We want to make sure that we give due credit for all your help in the past. Update this thread with all the members you have referred and I will get them added manually to your account. What next? You all love IL. The next step is to spread that love! Refer as many friends as you have. IL’ites tend to have bigger circle of friends than non-IL’ites. That much we know for sure. Within IL’ites, who has the biggest friends circle? One final point.. This is not some multi-level marketing campaign. There is no monetary reward here. It’s just a fun way of keeping track of how much you helped this community grow. We are also curious!