Foursquare Rules & Policies
  • JR1JR1 June 2011
    With some new forsquare rules/policies coming into play i wanted to start a discussion where people could ask ?'s and find out info about new Foursquare rules as well as some of the standard rules.

    You can find the full 4sqr house rules Here
    If you would like to apply to become a superuser click Here
    You can find the official 4sqr blog (updates, and other random info)Here
    For all general 4sqr ?'s their support page is Here

    If you would like to ask 4sqr a question directly you can ask them on twitter @4sqSupport

  • JR1JR1 June 2011
    Foursquare House Rules: the basics

    - Find your friends on foursquare!
    - Add a shout to your check-in!
    - Leave tips for others.
    - Create a To-Do List.
    - Upload a profile photo.
    - Use foursquare to discover what’s around you.
    - Go off the grid if you want.
    - Be respectful of other users.

    - Don’t check in when you’re not at a place.
    - Don’t create venues that do not exist.
    -Don’t check into someone else’s home if you’re not there.
    - Don’t leave tips with inappropriate language or negativity directed at another user.
    - Don’t spam via tips.
  • JR1JR1 June 2011
    For all of you that have gotten the notice from 4sqr that starts off with:

    Hello __________,

    We noticed that you seem to really love foursquare (good!), but our system has detected that your check-ins don’t follow our guidelines (bad!). Foursquare is meant for checking in to real places where you’re actually spending time, not just checking in to unlock badges. We recently detected that you checked in fraudulently through third-party services, like _________________ Fake check-ins and tips ruin the experience for others. For a guide to what’s okay and what’s not, take a look at our House Rules.
  • JR1JR1 June 2011
    Basically what it comes down to is that they noticed that you are checkin in using "_____(insert 3rd party app here)_____" in your case. Under their new app rules any app that does not report the correct location is no longer allowed. And all checkins using any app that does not report location correctly will be flagged along with any user that uses that app.

    As it states in their letter "- We currently do not flag accounts or check-ins that use the mobile web, as those check-ins are not included in our venue stats, venue specials, and social game elements. (This means that they do not negatively impact other members of the foursquare community.)" basically saying without actually saying that if you are going to jump do it this way.

    This notice has been sent to people using apps like pocketcrowd as well as people using gps spoofs. If 4sqr detects that you are somehow giving them a false location you will recieve this letter.
  • JR1JR1 June 2011
    Here are the articles that cover the new requirements from 4sqr about location reporting from 3rd party applications if you are intreasted in reading more about it
  • JR1JR1 June 2011
    If you apply to be a super user now and are in violation of any of the 4sqr house rules or if you are a "jumper" here is the email they will send you:

    Hi Your name here,

    We're sorry to report back that your request for an upgrade to Superuser has been denied. Don't fret! We still love you! This probably only happened because you didn't answer enough quiz questions correctly, or you're too new to foursquare Less often this happens because your application was incomplete, too many of the edits you suggested were rejected by other Superusers, you've created too many low-quality venues, you have too many rapid-fire check-ins, or you haven't been following our House Rules. You're welcome to apply again in 30 days. In the meantime, study up and be a model foursquare user!
    Good luck!
    team foursquare
  • martamarta September 2011
    If we (jumper) use house rules after we received the above answer from 4sq team about SU application for at least 30 days, can our request again be agreed?
  • JR1JR1 September 2011
    @marta You can try. I wouldnt be suprised when they say no. But I have not tried it myself yet. I can say that they still deny people that have never jumped at all so keep that in mind when applying. I think it just comes down to who at 4sqr recieves the application and how they feel at that moment. I say that because I have a personal 4sqr acct (have an acct for badge collecting and several others for testing badges) that I do not use for jumping and never have (every checkin was done from a gps smartphone). That acct has been active for a long time and every time I apply to be an SU with that acct they still deny me. But give it a shot if you want and let us know if it works out for you.
  • JR1JR1 June 2011
    Foursquare Points for checkins:
    •You’re the Mayor! (+3 points)
    •Mayor's in the house (+2 points)
    •You just became the mayor! (+5 points)
    •BFF Bonus: 3 days with__(FRIEND)__ this week! (+4 points)
    •Every checkin counts! (+1 point)
    •You’re creeping on a friend’s mayorship turf! (+2 points)
    •You checked in to a place none of your friends have been before! (+2 points)
    •First time at ___(VENUE)___! (+3 points)
    •Welcome back! You haven’t been here in _(#)_months! (+2 points)
    •That’s 3 days here this week! (+2 points)
    •It’s your birthday! (+5 points)
    •Your first __(VENUE CATEGORY)___ (+1 point)
    •Wow, the last time you saw Ted was at The Scratcher 3 months ago! (+4 points)
    •_(#)_ miles since your last checkin (+3 points; varies by distance)
    •New state (+4 points)
    •The Mayor is in the house! (+2 points)
    •Welcome! It’s your first checkin in __(COUNTRY)___! (+5 points)
    •Holiday or other 4sqr special day (+3 points)
  • ChaunceChaunce June 2011
    Great job on putting this post together @JR1. There is some good info in here
  • JR1JR1 June 2011
    If anyone who reads this is part of a company or brand that wants to get their own 4sqr badge here is the info on how to do it.

    The link for the badge application page is:

    Badge Criteria:
    1.Earned reward. People should be excited to earn your badge. The badge alone isn’t the reward; it’s the journey that your followers took culminating in “unlocking” your badge that counts most.
    2.Do it again. Unlocking badges should reward a behavior pattern from your customers, not just one action. Getting a badge just for showing up is too easy to be fulfilling.
    3.Relevant to lots of followers. Your badge should be unlockable by a wide audience; it should appeal to users in Kansas and California, not just New York or Paris.
    4.Plan ahead. Badges take time. From a technical perspective, we need a considerable amount of time to get a good badge into the system.
  • iamciamc June 2011
    Summer Solstice bonus points for checking in today, the first day of summer! +3
  • JR1JR1 June 2011
    Here is the official word from 4sqr as how to get a partner badge. I sent them a request for the information and they actually sent it to me. So for anyone who is intreasted in knowing how the process goes or if you run a brand and are thinking about getting your own badge here you go:

    Thanks for your interest in creating your own Partner Badge on foursquare!

    Foursquare Partner Badges usually take 6-8 weeks from inception to launch of a campaign.

    Partner Badges are currently the only thing we charge for. Everything else within foursquare is free right now. The cost is $25K per month with a 3-month minimum commitment. Badge ideas are subject to our product team's approval to ensure that the campaign makes sense for your brand and ours and to ensure that there is a cohesive story and unlock requirements. Due to the volume of requests that we get and the vetting process that all badge ideas undergo, very few ideas are approved.
  • JR1JR1 June 2011
    We look for things like:

    + Ubiquity of unlock locations - typically at least nationwide in the
    US, better yet available all around the world
    + Have some special reward or unique redemption opportunity for those
    that unlock the badge
    + A clear story arc of who should/can unlock the badge and what they have to do
    + A promotional plan to understand how discovery of the badge will occur

    If this seems appropriate for your brand, please fill out this form to tell us a bit more about your organization and your idea for a Partner Badge. All badge ideas will be carefully considered, however due to the overwhelming demand we will not be able to respond directly to every inquiry in a timely manner, if at all. Thanks in advance for your understanding.

    If you have any questions in the meantime please let me know.

    Thanks for checking in,
    team foursquare :)
  • ChaunceChaunce June 2011

    Damn, that is a lot of scratch. Guess we won't be getting one any time soon
  • JR1JR1 June 2011
    Yea i was curious to see what it was which is why i sent them an email. A min of $75,000 for a badge. That is crazy.
  • JR1JR1 June 2011
    If for any reason you need to reset or change your 4sqr password:

    Go here if you have forgotten it:

    If you are logged in and just want to change it you can do that here:
  • JR1JR1 June 2011
    Q: Is there a limit on how many foursquare friends I can have?
    A: You can only be friends with 1000 people on foursquare

    Q: Is there a limit on how many brands i can follow on foursquare?
    A: You can only follow 1000 brands on foursquare

    Q: How do I delete friends or brands i am following?
    A: Go to , click on Friends or following, and then click on the grey x button that appears (on the right) when you hover over your friend's or the brands name.
  • JR1JR1 June 2011
    Q: What does the "rapid fire" check-in message mean?
    A: Foursquare thinks that you're checking in more times than seems reasonable in a short period of time (or a lot of venues in a 24-hour period)

    Q: What are the basic guidelines for checking in?
    A: Check in when you go to a place and spend some time there.
    Only check into a place that you are actually at (and not places you're just walking by).
    Only check in or add places that other people would actually want to check into

    Q: What does the message "Oops, it looks like you're a little far away" mean?
    A: Foursquare thinks you're too far away from the venue you are checking in to based on 1) venue location, 2) venue radius, 3) device location, and 4) device accuracy
  • nikspeednikspeed April 2012
    btw... tested it yesterday... 4sq increased the number of maximum check ins per 24hours from 30 to 40
    and you can definitely check in more often than 3 times in 15 min, as the rule was once set up. now 5 times in 15 minutes should work fine
  • JR1JR1 June 2011
    Q: How do I delete a check-in?
    A: Goto Mouse over the check-in and you'll see a small "x" to the left of it. Click the x to delete the check-in. If you delete a check-in that was associated with unlocking a badge, you'll lose the badge!

    Q: How can I delete my home from foursquare?
    A: Email 4sqr @ [email protected] in the email please include the The URL of the venue page & If you know who created your home as a venue, please send us their profile URL, Twitter username, or their full name and location.

    Also please note that if you created the venue page for your home yourself and you categorized it as a home, you'll be able to delete it yourself. Go to its venue page at, click "Edit venue" (located below the map), and then click the trash can to remove the venue from the 4sqr database.
  • JR1JR1 June 2011
    Q: How do I find the venue URL?
    A: By searching for the venue name on, clicking on the venue, and copying the URL in the search bar of your browser. Foursquare venue urls that look like this:

    Q: What is a tag?
    A: A one word description or a short phrase that provides information about that venue

    Q: Why can't I find this venue on my device?
    A: After searching for it by name and still not finding the venue it may have not been created yet. Please feel free to add the venue then checkin to it.

    Q: If I unfollow a brand i had to follow to get a badge will i loose the badge once i unfollow the brand?
    A: At this time no you will not loose the badge if you unfollow the brand.
  • JR1JR1 June 2011
    Q: What is the style guide for adding and editing venues?
    A:-Always use correct spelling and capitalization.
    -For chains or venues with multiple locations, you no longer need to add a location suffix. So "Starbucks" or "Apple Store" is fine (instead of "Starbucks - Queen Anne" or "Apple Store - Uptown").
    -When possible stick with abbreviations: "Ave." instead of "Avenue", "St." instead "Street", etc.
    -Cross Street should be abbreviated like one of the following: at Main St. (for venues on a corner) btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave. (for venues in the middle of a block)
    -Cross Street should not repeat the name of the street in the address. If the venue is on Main St., the cross street should be "at 2nd Ave."
    -State and province names should be abbreviated.
    -When in doubt, please format venue addresses according to local postal guidelines.
  • ChaunceChaunce June 2011
    Wow, you have been busy. Great work
  • JR1JR1 July 2011
    Forusquare redid 4sqr mobile today removing the shout option from the list of things you can do(option #3). Now you can only shout on 4sqr mobile with a checkin. For all of you who jump and use the shout trick to not have to consider travel time that will no longer work. From now on when jumping using 4sqr mobile you will need to conside travel time. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up.
  • TymoraTymora July 2011
    Anyone seen this yet?
    VERY SUSPICIOUS!!! Tried it with a test account as well...big pain to use.

    I created a discussion for it
  • JR1JR1 July 2011
    Info for the new foursquare for Universities 2.0 program:

    If you are apart of a University (Facuilty & Staff) and would like to get you campus to be part of the new foursquare for Universities 2.0 program please check out this link:

    If you are a student intreasted in getting you campus involve in the foursquare for Universities 2.0 program please check out the The foursquare University Ambassador program here:
  • JR1JR1 August 2011
    In a bit of good news for any college looking to get involved with the 4sqr Universities 2.0 program:

    4sqr has announced that the Universities 2.0 program badges will be offered at NO COST to colleges wanting to participate in this program.

    "In the past a badge was an expensive option to have created, however Foursquare says that with the number of students requesting badges for their schools they will begin offering them to universities at no cost."“college-badge”-program-removes-badge-fee/
  • JR1JR1 August 2011
    Please note that using anything other then a 3rd party app that reports ur actual location or 4sqr mobile may result in your 4sqr acct being flagged. 4sqr has been cracking down on this alot more lately so if you do use any 3rd party apps that do not report your real location to 4sqr dont be suprised if your acct gets flagged and you get a message from 4sqr.
  • JR1JR1 September 2011
    4sqr today chenged the venue links. Now when you goto a venue it no longer has the venue number in the link.

    for example:
    this is how a venue link used to look:

    this is how that same venue link looks now:

    the mobile venue link now looks like this:

    This does not change much just makes it a bit harder to get the venue to pull up on 4sqr mobile when using regular 4sqr on a pc. Instead of just typing in /mobile into the link after .com you now have to delete the /v/venue-name/ and add in /mobile/venue/ in it's place to get the venue to pull up on 4sqr mobile. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up of the change before you tried to change a venue over to 4sqr mobile and it did not work.
  • HarjifangkiHarjifangki September 2011
    Or, you can add "mobile" just before the /v/
    So, it'll be
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