No it doesn't, but it does say...
[color=#0000CC]You will get referral credit for anyone who:
- Clicks [Referral Link] and then signs up without entering any promo code or referrer.[/color]
Which I read to be pretty much the same as the previous wording, except for the word 'later'.
One thing that does concern me (a little) about the new system; It now seems that referrals, if they use the new sign-up page, are only added to your list once they have actually paid for a plan, non paying referrals do not seem to be shown any more. I am not totally sure this is the case, but it did appear this way when I was testing my promo codes under the new system.
While at first, this does not seem to be a problem, on greater examination it could rob the original referrer of some rewards.
For example; Suppose someone you refer does not immediately pay for a plan, but instead uses the new sign-up page to create a Panel log-in using their email address. This person will not appear in your list.
Now suppose this person also actively refers others to DreamHost and (much) later buys a hosting plan. As the original referrer, not only do you miss out on the rewards for their plan purchase, but you also miss out on the secondary rewards.
As I said, I am not totally sure this is the case, but it is definitely worth further investigation.
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