This is Sanjay, a novice Postcrosser from India. And as everyone knows novice brings novel ideas. I’m not sure whether Postcrossing family will welcome it or not. But fear of being rejected would not stop me at least to voice out my idea.
Since joining I’m really enjoying Postcrossing. So far my 20 cards have been acknowledged and 7 are in travelling mode. I have received 27 cards from different countries. What do I feel is that out of these 27 cards, there are more than 5 cards which have doubled or trippled my joy after reading it’s contents. Everyone might have felt the same for few of their received cards. It would not be fair if I don’t really acknowledge and thank the sender. Here is the gap I do feel in Postcrossing. I have to write everything what I want to convey in registration message or a new message to the user. I would prefer sending a return Postcard to the user if the address of the user is known to me. Because I know the difference between a message received in email vs Postcard. Though I have tried to fill up the gap by asking for address through personal message and then sending a reply Postcard. But this way I feel that I have half killed the surprise and the Postcard that I have sent was not counted in my sent. My extra sent Postcard for which I have taken equal efforts and paid equal postage gets label of “Unofficial Postcard”.
What do I suggest is that keeping it’s principal idea of sending Postcards to random users suggested by Postcrossing Team, there should be an option to get address of chosen user and Postcard ID for the same. The team may limit such requests in the term they find suitable i.e. One chosen address against five random. And I think this way the purpose of Postcrossing would be served more than existing system. The discrimination of official and unofficial Postcards will also be lessened.
Views from all Postcrosser are welcomed.