Many users have used the PVP method for an easy way to bypass bandwidth limits and get inside pages for free. Those were two of the bonuses we gave to users as a thank you for adopting the PVP method. Today, we realized that supporting the Free account with and without PVP opens up some possible loopholes that we have no way to avoid.
So our options are:
- Do away with the Free account (again) and force PVP for Free use
- Do away with PVP and break thousands of integrations that rely on PVP to work
- Remove PVP's "unlimited bandwidth" and "Inside Pages" bonus
We just wish there were another way around it, but we have decided that the best option is to remove the bonuses and continue to support Free w/ PVP and the Free account.
To all developers: Now the only bonus for using PVP will come with the affiliate program (whenever we are finally able to launch it), because the PVP landing page will have an authcode-customized affiliate link to join ShrinkTheWeb. Aside from that, there is no longer any real benefit to using the PVP, other than to assure user's of their intended destination. We leave it up to you whether you want to continue supporting PVP, but we recommend adding support for the "Free" method, in any case.