Guest Contacts Indentification June 25, 2010 6:37 AM   Subscribe

I'm intrigued re: Gift/UserAccounts. Is there a way/was there a way, to know which accounts are 'gift accounts'?

The reason I ask is because I'm a gift/user account and I have 1 contact. They made me a contact quite some time ago (I assume as giftuser46914). The only contacts they have are unresolved giftuser accounts, a fake mathowie and myself (a now resolved contact). I did MeMail my linker some time ago asking about this but they're an infrequent visitor, I didn't get an answer, hence my query.
posted by unliteral to Etiquette/Policy at 6:37 AM (11 comments total)

Pretty sure I gifted some accounts a while back. It may have been a christmas thing.
posted by Artw at 6:47 AM on June 25, 2010

You can check which account you have gifted on this page. Not sure thats the question, though.
posted by vacapinta at 6:51 AM on June 25, 2010 [1 favorite]

Okay, it seems I haven't made myself clear. I didn't want to call out sailormouth for doing anything wrong, I was just curious.
posted by unliteral at 7:07 AM on June 25, 2010

I bought accounts for all of my spouses.
posted by Plutor at 7:17 AM on June 25, 2010 [1 favorite]

sailormouth was taking advantage of some leniency we have in the "add a contact" feature. We shouldn't have allowed any non-claimed guest accounts to be added as their contacts—just fixed that up.

There's no way to know which accounts were gift accounts, and I don't think that tells you much about the person. Gift accounts are a very small percentage of total accounts, and as you saw with sailormouth's contact list, many go unclaimed.
posted by pb (staff) at 7:37 AM on June 25, 2010

I think the fair thing to do is to give me the unclaimed accounts. I have 25 hilarious sockpuppet names ready to go.

posted by Mister_A at 8:08 AM on June 25, 2010 [1 favorite]

Can you spot them? Depends on your timing.

A fraction of the time you just can't tell; they comment and post like any freeman.

Most of the time, though, you will see them toiling in corvée to their masters. Look for the pattern of favourites, and the shackles.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 8:10 AM on June 25, 2010 [2 favorites]

Look for the pattern of favourites, and the shackles.

Exactly how many people pitched in for tehloki's account?
posted by maxwelton at 1:40 PM on June 25, 2010 [1 favorite]

I never figured out how to use the "gift" feature (mostly because I didn't realize until recently that there IS one) and just straight up bought accounts for friends who picked their usernames and subsequently changed their passwords.

I guess if you go by PayPal history, it looks like I have a bunch of sockpuppets. Or I'm schizophrenic. Or both.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 1:50 PM on June 25, 2010

Huh. Checking out vacapinta's link, I see two active accounts I've gifted, but I know there's a third. Should I be taking this to the contact form? Could it indicate some sort of bug?
posted by cgc373 at 10:47 PM on June 25, 2010

Sure, send me the account you're not seeing via mefi mail and I'll take a look.
posted by pb (staff) at 11:26 PM on June 25, 2010

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