How do I get an invitation code?
Invitation codes will be distributed on a regular basis depending on how many new users the site can support. You can get an invitation code in two ways:
- You can add your name to the Invitation Queue, and we'll email you an invitation as soon as the site can support more users. This will be on a first-come, first-served basis. We've done it this way so that you won't have to rely on knowing an existing Archive user to get an account.
- You can receive an invitation code from an existing Archive user. We'll periodically give people with accounts on the Archive some invitation codes to hand out as they'd like, so that people can enjoy spreading the word and build their fannish networks.
Why can't I create an account without an invitation code?
We're using the invitation code system so that the Archive can grow in a controlled manner. We need to add new users gradually so that our account numbers don't grow beyond what our hardware, bandwidth, help and support can cope with. This helps us ensure that everyone using the Archive gets the best possible experience.
How long will it take for me to get an account?
If you've requested an invitation code, you can check where you are in the queue. Just enter your email address on the Invitations page, and you'll receive an estimate of when you will receive your invitation, based on the rate at which we're sending out invitations and the number you are in the queue. Exactly how many invitations we can send out per day will depend on how well the site responds to the extra users.
I already have an account. How do I give an invitation to someone else?
On your user home page (My Dashboard), there is a button called 'Invitations' on the top right. You can manage all your invitations here. If you don't have any invitations or you'd like some extra - either for a few friends or to run a challenge - please feel free to submit a request. We are always happy to give them out! You will be prompted for a reason for the request, but never fear, we are tracking usage and not policing.
To send an invitation to someone, enter their email address and select the invitation you'd like to use. They'll be sent an automated email. You'll be able to keep track of which invitations have been used on your 'Manage Invitations' page.
If you want to share a code without sending an email, then go to 'Manage invitations' and choose the option to 'Copy and use' your existing codes. Select this to copy the invitations link - it's the link you need to share. (Just sharing the plain text code won't work.) Please note that if you don't allow your browser to access your clipboard, this automatic link won't work. However, you can still right-click on the link and copy it manually.
I've requested an invitation, but it hasn't appeared on my dashboard, and my request doesn't appear to be registered anywhere. When and how will I get it?
Don't worry, your request has reached us! We will assign you the requested invitation(s) as soon as we're able.
Once we do so, you will get an e-mail in your registered e-mail account with a link to the page you can use to share them, and you will be able to find your invitation in the Invitations button under your name on your user home page (My Dashboard).