NGC Registry - What new features would you like to see added?
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Something that I recently thought about, it would be nice if the registry team could find a way to verify the validity of the sets in the registry.  I am thinking about the registered sets themselves not so much the individual coins, while that would be nice too I think that would be far too difficult to manage.   But there are sets in the registry that appear to have been sold off and not real sets anymore but not retired by the owner.  I can see where this could very easily happen as a collector might pass and his relatives may have no knowledge that his sets are listed in the registry.   Over time as the coins are sold off you can see where the score is reduced by the coins that new owners submit into other registry sets.   However not every coin in a dead set will be bought by a registry collector and thus some sets sit at some level of completion/rank when in fact the set is not valid.

My suggestion is a mass email sent to each registry participant several months before the deadline asking those owners to verify that all their sets are in fact valid as they appear on the registry.   It should be a fairly simple task to program a blast email that the computer system could send out at a preset date.   Any owners that do not respond within a month should have those sets placed into an inactive status and thus not eligible for competitive status, and those owners notified of the change in status via email.   If an owner of a set that has been placed into the inactive status then contacts the registry team and advises them that he/she was unable to respond in time but that the set is indeed still active then the team could simply change the set status, no harm no foul.   Again most of this could be automated so that it would not be a huge time drain for the NGC registry team.

I can see where this might be difficult for the first year of implementation, its very possible that some owners may have changed email accounts and not updated their info, or other possible snags that might cause some unhappy owners so it would need to be well announced (again an email blast would be very useful) and promoted so that the registry participants are not left in the dark about such a change.   After the first year or two this should be a very smooth operation that would enhance the registry experience for all.

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On 7/16/2021 at 1:50 PM, Coinbuf said:

it would be nice if the registry team could find a way to verify the validity of the sets in the registry

Yeah, it would be nice...  But I cannot think of any feasible way of doing this without creating bigger messes.  There are thousands of sets from users all over the world and to put the onus on NGC to police its users would make the effort too costly for the return.  I do like the idea of the ability to "challenge" a set when something looks suspicious, where someone can ask NGC to poke the owner and make sure they are still active and in possession of their coins. But how long to wait, what kind of response is considered "valid", what are unacceptable circumstances, and those types of things can only be handled subjectively.

For the major awards, I think NGC does vet sets by monitoring the activity and reputation of the winners. If someone is caught "cheating" then they just blew it big time (one would hope)!

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I know I already asked for a lot, but I want to comment on one of the frustrations I find with the registry: finding sets that are worth looking at.

One of the highlights of the major awards is being provided a list of sets that NGC has already reviewed and selected for being exceptional.  Sure, there are some indicators, like # of coins with photos, comments, and views, but it is frustrating to look and find only stock photos, or an apostrophe for a comment, or a top ranked set with nothing to look at. Sometimes the most interesting sets are not even in the top 10 of ranked sets.

So, one idea I had: style points. Let users give other sets a token of admiration for their set's comments and photos by clicking a "like" button, or whatever you want to call it, and have sets sortable by the overall results.  After a while, sets that are exceptional would be recognized by the community itself, and make it easy for others to find the sets that are noteworthy.

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Here is an easy suggestion…

For 'My Competitive Sets', when someone looks at mine there is a "story" to be told when the combined photos, one for each Competitive Set, are seen.  I've worked the "story" to tell its "tale" best when the Competitive Sets are presented using the Points (high to low) sort. (the "clicker" on the upper right of the page)

However, every time I visit My Competitive Sets page, the order of My Competitive Sets has reverted to the Default Sort again.

Can NGC make the My Competitive Sets page "sort feature" default to a sets-display-order that the owner of the sets chooses, with the ability for the owner to "Save" that set-display-order so that everyone sees the sets (when visiting) in the Saved order?

And of course, a visitor could then "click" the sort box to choose some other sort option, i.e. Recently Updated.

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On 7/22/2021 at 7:34 PM, USAuPzlBxBob said:

Here is an easy suggestion…

For 'My Competitive Sets', when someone looks at mine there is a "story" to be told when the combined photos, one for each Competitive Set, are seen.  I've worked the "story" to tell its "tale" best when the Competitive Sets are presented using the Points (high to low) sort. (the "clicker" on the upper right of the page)

However, every time I visit My Competitive Sets page, the order of My Competitive Sets has reverted to the Default Sort again.

Can NGC make the My Competitive Sets page "sort feature" default to a sets-display-order that the owner of the sets chooses, with the ability for the owner to "Save" that set-display-order so that everyone sees the sets (when visiting) in the Saved order?

And of course, a visitor could then "click" the sort box to choose some other sort option, i.e. Recently Updated.

That would be great, I support this request.

At least, if this is not doable (which is unlikely),  consider adding sort option "by ranking" - at the moment there is no convenient way how to look at your sets, current options are not very helpful (IMO)

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On 7/22/2021 at 2:34 PM, USAuPzlBxBob said:

Can NGC make the My Competitive Sets page "sort feature" default to a sets-display-order that the owner of the sets chooses, with the ability for the owner to "Save" that set-display-order so that everyone sees the sets (when visiting) in the Saved order?

I believe this is exactly how a custom set works, right?

So why not just do both? (shrug)

 

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On 6/9/2021 at 1:26 PM, M.T. said:

Finally (unless there are any legal issues which I am not aware of) I would suggest to allow members to choose (= give permission) if they can be contacted or not by other participants in the Registry via email and facilitate this function

So, this may be one of the things we had in the CS system that didn't carry over but I thought we could always send each other emails through the site. I've had people message me through the CS site many times over the years.

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On 7/23/2021 at 8:04 AM, BlakeEik said:

I believe this is exactly how a custom set works, right?

So why not just do both? (shrug)

 

I'm done, already.  Do both?  I'd have to see what the differences are, other than no Points.

The reason why I added the extra Mint Sets Complete, 7 of them, was to be able to add 7 more photos, and they've made my Total Collector points now reflect more accurately what my Type Set Points should have been.  I'm not too much of a coin collector, I'm more of a mystery box creator, and rare coins were an ideal way of getting the most value into as small a place as possible.  Couldn't go with gold bullion, like small bars, because their weight would damage a puzzle box with repeated openings.  And I like the History associated with rare US gold coins.  You feel like you have a piece of history.

If I can't get NGC to change the Default Sort, I can fool around trying to get the Default Sort to Display the way I want it to.  But, there seems to be zero logic to it.  It is always the same, but I can find no pattern to why it presents the sets the way it does.

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