Thursday, December 31, 2020 - 23:12 (UTC -5)
I just looked at the “Countries” Page (https://www.postcrossing.com/explore/countries) and noticed that the “Postcards Sent” Column seems way of out-of-date.
For example, it shows the USA at 6,616,898. We know that the Postcard IDs are sequential within Country. But my US-6617238 was sent March 24, 2020, and received on April 21, 2020. Also, I sent out cards today in the US-724xxxx range.
Now we know that “Sent” is a term of art here in Postcrossing. When we request an address to send out a postcard, that card is really just in transit or “Traveling”. It doesn’t become “successfully” Sent until received AND Registered by the recipient. Even with the generally noted average global transit time of about one full month for all postcards sent through Postcrossing, those numbers on the Country page can’t be THAT far behind, can they? I ask because I was explaining Postcrossing to someone this week and noticed the apparent discrepancy (which I did NOT point out to that person).