"In my opinion, SCF's own Dorin has done, and continues to do, more to advance the hobby (by encouraging a looser definition than that of the governing body) than perhaps anyone else."
Let's also specify that Joshua said LOOSER, not LOSER.
The goal of maximaphily is (or should be) to enjoy this hobby, as YOU see fit. We don't simplistically have winners (of philatelic exposition medals - just very few people, worldwide), and losers (pretty much the vast majority of maximaphilists, who are not even trying to get a medal...). We have philatelists/stamp collectors who like maximaphily, in whatever manner they prefer.
I wrote this on many websites:
"Maximaphily is a branch of philately, or stamp collecting, that means collecting maximum cards.
I do NOT make a strict distinction between Philately and Stamp Collecting, despite "academic belief" that there is. I'll detail that in another post.
Generally, a maximum card is a postcard, with a stamp and a postmark on the picture side. Ideally, all these 3 elements should be concordant, but not identical.
Anybody can collect them, just like collecting simple stamps. But that's too passive.
The fun and challenge are in CREATING YOUR OWN maximum cards! Then you can exchange some with partners/friends from around the world!
I do that, and it's very interesting! :)
The traditional way is to comply with the rules of FIP (International Philatelic Federation). http://www.maximaphily.info/
The non-traditional way, as I call it, is to follow nobody's rules! Unless YOU want it, of course.
I call DORINCARD (you can call it any way YOU want) any postcard that was personalized by adding a stamp and a postmark, on the picture side of the postcard. Traditional way, or not. :) Calling it with such a custom name can quickly pacify the purists and hardliners who might say, otherwise: "It's not a true maximum card!". Well, it may or may not be a true maxicard (even the purists don't always agree on the rules interpretations), but it can always fit your CUSTOM definition and name."