Pending: Affiliate 76561198006963719

Discussion in 'Community Applications' started by Archi, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. Archi

    Archi New User

    Basic information:

    Name or handle: Archi
    Primary stream or channel:
    Number of followers: 3154 stars on GitHub, over 500k users in group on Steam, over 1k followers on Twitter, 50 patrons on Patreon, successful trades with over 116 users (casual trading not related to my main activity)
    Other links:
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    Alternate accounts:
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    Pre-screening questions:

    Do you agree not to speak on behalf of SteamRep or use our name to endorse any other site, service, or product?
    Do you agree not to use your affiliation with SteamRep to leverage trust or favorable deals from traders?
    Have you ever scammed or intentionally misled anyone for profit?
    Never. All my trades that I've ever made were always based on mutual trust, fairness and understanding. I'm strongly against any sort of stealing from others, which is one of the reasons why you're reading my application right now.​
    Stance on gambling:
    I'm strongly against gambling. In long-run it's always the casino that wins, and gambling is especially dangerous to kids and other minors that sadly usually make up for majority of userbase, at least in gaming community. It's very easy to lose everything, get addicted and even scam afterwards, exactly the same how taking debts in real life. I'm not gambling myself and I'd never consider putting my own property, let alone others, on the stake.

    On top of that, fake CS:GO gambling websites are one of the most common scam methods going on Steam community lately, misleading the users with free items and other measures, which is yet another reason to stay away from them.​


    Tell us more about your stream or channel:
    Hello, thank you for taking time to read my application.

    First of all, I'm applying as "high profile community figure within the Steam community" of "anyone else with a substantially large following through some outlet". I'm not the streamer or competitive gamer per-se (although I occasionally stream some stuff, mainly for my friends).

    I'm a programmer, mainly developer of ASF program which is the core reason, but also other smaller and bigger projects directly related to Steam, such as my ArchiBoT, ASF STM listing or Touhou Giveaways group. I'm also a contributor to other Steam-related projects and communities, such as SteamKit2.

    I'm interacting with my community through various channels, especially discussions in Steam group where I expose my Steam profile publicly. As you realize, this is the same place that various impersonators can use for evil intentions, and it'd greatly help if my users could confirm whether I'm the person they trust, and not a random impersonator that is using my image for his evil intentions.

    It's important to note that I'm not applying for myself, but for all my users and potential scam victims that might get exploited by my impersonators. Developing a program that is being used by over half a million of Steam accounts is a challenge of maintaining trust, and I know that you're aware of what I mean as a community that is also a source of trust for a huge amount of Steam users.​

    Why do you think you qualify for this position?
    Like stated above, I'm applying for my users and my community, not for myself. I believe that establishing mutual trust between me and you could lead to long-term cooperation and great benefits in terms of reduced scam attempts, education of users and increased trust, also in SteamRep as a partner that I can claim trustworthy on my behalf.​

    Do you frequently get impersonated?
    Luckily not as frequently as I hoped that I'll be, but I've had at least a dozen of incidents reported to me across the last year, and probably even more of those that have never reached me in the first place. To the best of my knowledge those were people trying to use my name as a matter of trust (similar to "Valve admin"), very likely trying traditional trick of forcing the other side to go first and quickly running away from the trade.

    I'm not trying to protect myself, as I've never been a victim of any sort of scam and I'm never the target of such. I'm trying to protect my users and other external people that might've heard of my person, from scammers and other people with evil intentions.

    When it comes to potential warning on my SteamRep profile, I'd like to avoid that at least initially, unless the activity of my impersonators raises to bigger values over time. I've decided to apply mainly as a pre-measure to already ongoing scamming activity, the one that is already significant to think about, but still not huge enough to be a major issue in my daily activities.​

    What do you hope to contribute to the trading community?
    First of all, it'll definitely help my users to establish a stable source of trust - my users will know that I trust SteamRep and SteamRep trusts me, so they'll also follow in that. On top of that I'm already using SteamRep for various reference purposes (see: and I hope to further educate my community on topic of scams, especially impersonation scams that I'm the target of.​

    Have you ever talked about scamming or fraud in a video or livestream before?
    In a video or livestream - no, I don't think so, but publicly yes, several times, nothing significant though, barely a mention, for example as a warning note on my Steam profile.​

    Do you have any questions or comments for the SteamRep staff?
    I don't think so. I'm following your site and the community that you're running for a long time now, using your system as the main source of trust for all Steam users (also implemented SR API in my ArchiBoT) and I'm pretty informed about the general flow of things. Over the years I've always wanted to show that I share your view on topic of scams, educate users and even directly help you with moderation but I've read that it's not a starting position and I have no particular interest or connection with any trading community, so I've resigned from that idea.

    However, perhaps you have some further questions about my person, maybe you'd like to discuss some case that I hopefully could help with - please let me know in this case, I'm very happy to help as long as it's within my reach, as you're doing awesome work and I'd like to contribute my part to that.

    I'm not sure if what I'm doing falls under your definition of notable affiliate. I strongly believe that it does, but if for any reason you think otherwise, I won't take any offense if you decide that my use case isn't exactly what you're looking for. I'm trying the best for my users and I won't lie if I tell you that it was nobody else but one of my users that recommended me to fill this application.

    Thank you for taking your time to read my application, as stated above, don't hesitate to contact with me if you have more questions or cases to discuss. I can be reached through any of the mediums listed above, as well as through my private e-mail address: [email protected]

    Have a nice day!
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