I share your concern and have already expressed my thoughts to Relative Genetics - who has "sold out" to Ancestry.com
Thanks very much for your response. I am glad to see that I am not alone in my concerns. I also add my support to your comments about Relative Genetics. I loved their family DNA comparison and calculator tool - simple and elegant. I hope something similar can be brought into the FTDNA groups.
I am also a FTDNA user and I believe that FTDNA uses Sorenson to test some of the advanced markers because I went back and forth on DYS452. I am also caught in H4 fight which adds a large differential count. When there are test discrepancies on either of these two markers it would be hard for anyone to find common ancestors with a reasonable "genetic distance".
I know the Surname group administrators work hard to recruit potential family members and to resolve data conflicts. I have dealt with several different group administrators who have the best intentions but this is a complex field even with great training. I will withhold the past group names I used to protect the innocent!!!
Is there anything you would recommend to us who would like to communicate our concerns? I really don't want to see users get mired in this standards kerfuffle and lose the possibility of finding new family members and their history.
I forgot to add that I do not know what DNA ancestry will be using as marker sets for their testing. When I loaded my FTDNA data there were locations for all of my 67 standard markers as well as the advanced markers I had tested to compare to the RG marker set of my relatives.