Are there any rules regarding check ins?
Beer Check-in Cooldown
A "cooldown" is a period in which you cannot gain badges or promotions for a period of time. In Untappd there is a special algorithm that prevents rapid. Your check-in will go through, however no badges will be obtained.
Why do we do this?
Untappd is about discovering and sharing new and exciting brews and places with your friends. The focus is on what is currently happening, thus we don’t currently plan on allowing multiple beers per check-in.
On the note of multiple beers per check-in, we are excited with the enthusiasm of our users and their want to share, but we also would like try to keep the game fair.
For legal reasons, we don’t want to condone or promote excessive or binge drinking. As mentioned above, Untappd is about discovering and trying new beers, not about the quantity of beers you drink.
BFLN (Beers from Last Night)
Sure - we all forget to check-in to Foursquare sometimes. When your drinking - chances are that you'll forget 100% more. We are not going to be coming after you if you check-in the morning after a long night of drinking - we let the user decide if they want to add it. Keep in mind that each check-in is tagged at certain time by checking in early or late - you might be loosing out on badges or rewards.
Sometimes you may find yourself in a situation where you're trying a new beer more frequently. For example, you might be at a Brewery sampling Beers, or at Beer Festival. As of 7/5, we have turned on a new algorithm that allow you to check-in beers whenever without a cool-down period. However we do a have cool-down period for badges and promotions that prevents gaming the system and keeps everything fair. We're building a community so we can connect people with beers that they might like and if your goal is to just get all the badges - then what's the point? We want to build our community so that you can enjoy the experience of Untappd and make drinking social. So please - check-in responsibility. We don't want to have to give out warnings. That's just not cool at all. Ultimately - if you abuse this new algorithm - you will be subject to have go back to the 10 minutes rule.