I want to address this, as the conversation/debate comes up often enough, and it’s a topic that staff has discussed from time-to-time.
With any online entertainment service, the community will lose members due to any number of reasons over time. My primary goal is to create the best possible experience I can for our community. We’ve implemented a small portion of what we have planned, and even with just these minor updates, we’re seeing an uptick in engagement from collectors that haven’t been active in over a year.
With that said, I would much prefer to gain back inactive collectors rather than deactivate accounts in an effort to redistribute their collections.
If we were to redistribute inactive collections, it would be done through an opt-in collection donation system. This would mean contacting collectors that have been inactive for more than a year to ask if they wish to donate their collections. If we received a response that the collector would like to donate his or her collection, we would redistribute it. If we didn’t receive a response or received no response, we would not redistribute the collection.
But, after reading through previous debates on this topic, it sounds like the problem this is trying to solve is providing active collectors a chance to complete (or start collecting) out-of-print series. If this is the primary problem, I’m inclined to solve it using a different approach: releasing a replica edition of the same series. Pieces from the replica edition would work to complete existing series, but the cards would be differentiated from the originals with a watermark and new numbering system (e.g., Replica Print RP1000/10,000) indicating they are from a replica edition. This would maintain the rarity of the original series and provide additional revenue for the artist.
As of now, we don’t have plans to address this in the short term. We will start releasing limited packs of cards obtained through the discarding system first, and this will provide active collectors a way to obtain older out-of-print items.