This situation is really disappointing. I have a friend interested in returning to the game and probably re-subbing (but he needs a server transfer), and another that wants to join. Until this system is fix they are not going to do anything. I know they will enjoy the game when they get started, but I don't know how much longer I can hold their interest waiting for this bug to be fixed.
Is there any news on an ETA? I have even spent time creating about 10 new accounts/e-mails on my friends behalf to try and get an account to register as a referral... nothing!