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Philatelic Foundation Certificate Search Down?

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Posted 10/15/2020   8:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rhett to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
PF Cert Database Search has now been down for 2 full weeks. I called the PF yesterday and asked about it; they "are aware" of an outage and they "do not have any knowledge of when the outage will end". Sounds like my cable company - lol!
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Posted 10/15/2020   8:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
OK, that is just pathetic.
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Posted 10/22/2020   6:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rhett to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
PF Cert Database Search has now been down for 3 full weeks. I have to agree with you, Rogdcam!
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Posted 10/22/2020   9:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jogil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
How is it that their "Early Certificates" search works but their "Certificate Search" doesn't work?
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Posted 10/22/2020   10:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rhett to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
jogil, they are two totally different databases. The early cert database is literally just scans of their early cert worksheets with no particular order or search capability. The actual PF Search Database that is down now is a fairly robust searchable database yielding the actual certificate wording for their more recent certs. I think its scope is around 1984 to date.
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Posted 10/23/2020   09:02 am  Show Profile Check 1typesetter's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 1typesetter to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Can somebody please go over to the PF and plug their computer back in?

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Posted 10/23/2020   09:13 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
"The early cert database is literally just scans of their early cert worksheets with no particular order or search capability."

They are actually scans of the record book pages. Each page is in approximate cert number order. It can be searched by catalog number, but not by certificate number or date.
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Posted 10/23/2020   11:47 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I wonder if the PF can look through their own internal certificates database?
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Posted 10/28/2020   8:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rhett to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
PF Cert Database Search is back up just now, after an outage length of one day short of 4 weeks. Hopefully it has been made less prone to outages now.
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Posted 11/30/2020   10:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rhett to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well, the PF Cert database was down essentially all of October, then up essentially all of November, and now it has been down since yesterday. Are they alternating up and down by month now - lol!
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Posted Yesterday   7:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rhett to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The PF Cert database is back up now. Just a 2 day outage this time.
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