i dont say that the nem core team IS doing anything near a scam at the moment, i say that everything that opens the door for misuse like buying silver for many thousand coins without making the cost for this transparent WOULD smell. it would be very easy then to buy the silver coins for e.g. 200k including transport but "selling" them for 400k. so my point is: it will be very important to make the returns as transparent as the expenses (e.g. with invoice for buying coins). why such a statement is FUD for you is not understandable for me...
edit: i told this in another thread before. i own many nem stakes so spreading fud without reason is not in my interest. if it would be my intend to FUD i would do this at BTT and not here.
btw "either trust us or not" is not a really good argument... especially because you jailed all my nemstakes at the moment.
I can see where your coming from actually.. And I think you make a valid point but about knowing the cost of the coins. The silver coins is a brilliant yet very risky endeavour.
Like patmas3r said the team has always been as transparent as reasonably possible. So I don't think the silver coins will be handled in any other way. Of course the total cost of the coins should be released and also what happens to remaining unclaimed silver coins(which I think pat just did).
As for selling on exchanges, we are already going to extreme lengths to try to circumvent the need to sell anything one exchanges or to private investors however it is still unknown if that project can be put into action in time or if it will be successful - it may only reduce the amount we need to sell.
When it comes to posting an invoice as proof of how much was paid for silver coins, in some ways I agree as I don't see it being any different to posting the receipt of a plane ticket paid for out of market funds for people going to conferences. Private details can of course be hidden but as a whole I think this would be an important move to thwart any potential accusations of misconduct.
When it comes to transparency there are limits as to when requests for information become unfair so a line must be drawn. Most, if not all information can be found on the blockchain but other information cannot. If no proof what so ever is given to back up claims that involve dealings off blockchain in the fiat realm where misconduct is much easier to get away with, such as silver coins, it understandably begs the question: why not? So I do think that something like an invoice should be posted minus the private details. However I would draw the line at that. Other information such as how much btc/nem was provided is easily verifiable.
If this kind of information isn't provided, the PR back lash once all focus is squarely on nem, could be disastrous and fairly likely to happen. If something as simple as posting an invoice can prevent such a backlash, then I think it is advisable, if not a requirement, that an invoice be provided. The community should not be kept in the dark about a transaction of that scale and I would be quite disappointed if it was.
That's just my point of view as a very cautious member of this community. From working with the team for a long time I know they only have what's best for nem at heart so this information is not so important to me. But if I had not been working with the team and I was not 100% sure about the teams intentions I would probably damn near demand the proof about such a transaction - with all the scams in crypto I would think that most feel the same, and rightfully so.