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Can I refer someone without committing?

It seems like the only way to refer a friend to a proposal it to commit to it, refer the friend, then uncommit to it. Seems a bit daft. Am I missing something?

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So you want to get the bonuses for referring people but without committing yourself? I think that's a feature request, not a bug. –  mmyers Aug 2 '10 at 21:53
    
It's a fine line between the two. –  Rocketmagnet Aug 2 '10 at 22:09
    
It suffices to follow to get those links. If you also want to help a proposal, it's better to use the referral link of someone who did commit. (In your case, I'll blatantly advertise Physics :) –  Tobias Kienzler Aug 3 '10 at 8:22
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During the commitment phase, you should be evangelizing the site proposal, and referring others via the widgets we provide.

There should be a commitment sharing link as pictured -- assuming you've committed yourself.

You want to share commitment without committing yourself? Then just copy paste the URL to the commitment page, I suppose..?

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What I'm saying is that there isn't a widget to refer people, unless you yourself commit. I don't personally want to commit to the Physics SE, but I know my Dad would be very interested. He's exactly the sort of person they want. If it makes sense to reward referrals, then it should still make sense if I don't personally commit. Look, I'm not trying to game the system, I trying to help. –  Rocketmagnet Aug 2 '10 at 22:18
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@rocket the way the system is designed, commits are only tracked if you yourself are committed. I recommend simply sharing the URL to any proposal you think others might be interested in. –  Jeff Atwood Aug 3 '10 at 2:11
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But why not encourage and reward people for referring others? If it's worth rewarding for a commited user, then it should also be worth rewarding an uncommited user. –  Rocketmagnet Aug 3 '10 at 8:41
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