Archaeo-Blogger David Gill's recent posts demanding that collectors post what they own on-line (see http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/2010/01/will-knowledgeable-collector-of-greek.html) (as opposed to the police posting what is missing) invites a check of Professor Gill's logic. Consider these hypotheticals:
A car is stolen in a large city. To recover the car, would it be better for (1) the police to post a photo of the missing car on line, or (2) the owners of every car in the city to post pictures of their car(s) on line? Which approach would best help recover the stolen car and which approach would best help car thieves?
Or, try this:
A child is kidnapped. If one was serious about recovering the child, would it be better for (1) the police to post a photo of the missing child on line, on milk cartons, etc., or (2) parents to post photos of all their children on line with the hope that someone finds the missing child among that group? Which would be better for the missing child and his parents, and which would be better for child abductors?
Anyway, something to think about. Comments, of course, are welcome.