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Ghost Users. Are They Real?
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Posted 6/3/14
One thing I've noticed, is that most of the people who've claimed my guest passes, have had memberships from August 2013, or March 2012. All different users, but approximately the same sign up dates, and they have absolutely NOTHING in their profiles. No Profile Views, no posts, no CR points. It's as if those user accounts were made, just to sweep up the guest pass and keep them from someone who might actually use them. I just gave three guest passes out TODAY, and all three got picked up by users like I just described.

I wonder if Cr have people scouring the site for passes that have been given away and voiding those to prevent too many people from using them? I looked up a link on "how to give guest passes away" and it gave a few ideas on how to give them. The link suggested to give them in a P.M., or email, or some other off-site method. I wonder if CR don't want us posting the guest passes in the comments of episodes?

It may also just be a coincidence, however.

Anybody else see any weird patterns like that? If you look in your profile, and click the "Guest Pass" link, you'll see all of the guest passes you've given away. Clicking the links to the user's name takes you to their profile. How many look like they might be "Ghost Users", and how many look like real users?
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Posted 6/3/14 , edited 6/3/14
What exactly is a guest pass? dumb question, I know... If it's to upgrade your account, I'll take one lol
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Well out of 9 guess passes I've given out via comments, 2 of them looked blank like ghost users.

Rest had at least a profile pic and bit of description about themselves.
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Posted 6/3/14
i never even looked at profiles of people i gave a guest pass to. maybe i should lol

i don't really care, just as long as the pass gets used and doesn't get wasted because it expired (believe it or not this has happened several times)
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endallchaos wrote:

What exactly is a guest pass? dumb question, I know... If it's to upgrade your account, I'll take one lol


^ Let me see what I can do for ya :)

As for this topic, who knows... it could be a glitch...? -shrug-

(Hi community, never spoke to the CR community before! -wave-)

Posted 6/3/14 , edited 6/3/14

endallchaos wrote:

What exactly is a guest pass? dumb question, I know... If it's to upgrade your account, I'll take one lol


Guest passes give premium access for 48 hours. I forget what limit there is to using them in any given period of time though.


I don't like to look too much into whether the person I gave a pass to is a real active user or not so long as they actually get used up. What really bothers me is when I give a pass to someone who says they want it but then they either never use it or just sit on it for a long time. If they aren't going to use it they could at least pass it on or let me know so I can give it to someone else.
Posted 6/3/14
ooh you present a good case. make a contract with onibrotonel and you shall fear no more
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Posted 6/3/14 , edited 6/3/14
Well, crunchyroll has "remedied" the guest pass situation by limiting on how much a user can obtain per a six month cycle. Although, there's nothing really stopping a person if he/she really wants to leech off of guest passes. This can be done by having multiple accounts, smurfers. There hasn't been too much of a system of crunchyroll just barring multiple users with the exception of just banning and IP blocking. Even then, micro monitoring the situation would prove to be costly and inefficient.

Here's a more comprehensive thread about Guest Passes and distribution:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-803801/the-official-guest-pass-thread-read-opening-post-first
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Posted 6/3/14
I posted five codes for guest passes on a thread solely for offering guest passes. Of the five accounts that made use of the codes, only one looked like a real account (like the account had an identifiable name). Three of them had the same format for the naming convention: four random letters, all lower case, like "hgmn." It seemed odd if not fishy.

It makes me wonder if it's worthwhile posting codes for others to use.
Posted 6/3/14

plaidypuss wrote:

I posted five codes for guest passes on a thread solely for offering guest passes. Of the five accounts that made use of the codes, only one looked like a real account (like the account had an identifiable name). Three of them had the same format for the naming convention: four random letters, all lower case, like "hgmn." It seemed odd if not fishy.

It makes me wonder if it's worthwhile posting codes for others to use.


Depends on what it is you want with your pass. If you just don't want them to go to waste then there is no harm in it. If you only want active people to get them then you could just be selective about it and PM them the code.
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Posted 6/3/14 , edited 7/21/14

azami_lockheart wrote:
^ Let me see what I can do for ya :)

As for this topic, who knows... it could be a glitch...? -shrug-

(Hi community, never spoke to the CR community before! -wave-)

-waves back- welcome? lol
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Posted 6/3/14
The passes I have given away all appear to have been redeemed by real people.
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Posted 6/3/14

plaidypuss wrote:

It makes me wonder if it's worthwhile posting codes for others to use.


The purpose of the guest pass was to do some kind of guerilla marketing among it's users. Though, it kind of backfired and probably costing crunchyroll a bit more than once predicted because there's just so much abuse with the system. It's not even that hard to take advantage of.

If you are going to give out guest passes, it's probably best to give them to people you personally know or to users that's a bit more sincere. Aside from that, it's all up to who's giving the pass.
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Posted 6/3/14 , edited 7/21/14

zendude wrote:

The purpose of the guest pass was to do some kind of guerilla marketing among it's users. Though, it kind of backfired and probably costing crunchyroll a bit more than once predicted because there's just so much abuse with the system. It's not even that hard to take advantage of.

If you are going to give out guest passes, it's probably best to give them to people you personally know or to users that's a bit more sincere. Aside from that, it's all up to who's giving the pass.


Perhaps it would be a better idea to have a thread in which those who are after Guest Passes can post their interest in obtaining one and users who have Guest Passes can suss out the user's profile prior to giving away their Guest Pass. That way they can be certain they are giving away their Guest Pass to a legitimate user. The thread that we currently have means that anyone, including 'ghost users' or accounts that look suspicious, can access a large array of Guest Passes easily.
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