Ok. Sounds like what we may have had is the classic failure to communicate. By your comment It appeared to me and most likely W7AV that you were referencing the DXCC program, various awards etc. and that it was an obscure group of hams interested in that sort of thing. I think what you meant perhaps was an obscure group of participants in that arena that want faster service or turnaround time for processing cards, LOTW and such. Only thing to offer about that is that the DXCC desk is always posting how long the DXCC applications are currently taking so I would think they must be aware of some concern by the applicants in regard to that. As to the stats of the obscure group you spoke of, I don't have them and probably you don't either. No way to know if it is obscure or not. My comment was that those interested in DXCC other awards and contesting are not likely obscure. We were speaking of two different groups. I'll take the strike on "complaining" though. Although, sometimes the difference between complaining and expressing an opinion are a fine line. But since I did use the term "complaining"... As far as 356 confirmed and all goes, good! I am at 323 mixed confirmed so have some catching up to do. Things have gotten in the way through the years at times. That's okay, it's the trip, not the destination. I imagine it is like contesting is sometimes. Seeing your score above some friends you know and giving them a hard time about it all in fun. Could be it got started in that direction at one time and it just took off.