Forum Member Responses to the "CoinFacts Update" Letter Posted by BrettPCGS above
Thanks Brett for posting the letter above. We appreciate your thoughtful consideration. However since you posted the letter then immediately closed the thread, it provided no method for members to give feedback, or ask a question.
I had a few thoughts.
You make it sound like the issue with CoinFacts was about "member privacy".
I had a few questions.
Just because a photo is posted, i dont think that means anyone knows to whom that coin belongs. There is no ownership link from a coin unless that person put said coin into a Registry Set. In that case, a link (or connection) is made between a cert number and a registry set from the PCGS Cert Verification page) -- and even then the owner is still shielded by a screen (pseudo) name.
If someone didn't want to be outed as an owner, it seems to me that all they need to do is not start a registry set and/or not add said coin to that publicly displayed set. So I am not sure I am understanding what you wrote about privacy in terms of the CoinFacts issue.
Further, if someone didn't want a photo taken, couldn't they submit the coin using a Standard Service and not buy an ala-carte add-on photo. Many (probably most) PCGS slabbed coins are not photographed and will never be shown in CoinFacts.
Finally, it still seems to me that the easier and cleaner solution would be to allow owners to request any of their coins to be removed from CoinFacts for existing coins. And provide a future option where people can select yay or nay. This allows people that dont want their stuff shown to be happy, yet still leaves the bulk of CoinFacts intact for the rest of us. Win-Win