So, the Door-Drop Preference Service hasn't been killed off – it has merely been kicked into the very, very long grass. Either way, it means that Royal Mail's opt-out scheme for unaddressed mail won't be replaced any time soon.
Should we disgruntled about that?
It's not a rhetorical question. I'm genuinely curious. It seems there are lots of people with complaints about the opt-out scheme. In particular, it seems that many people find that their postie continues to deliver unaddressed, unsolicited mail after they've registered. Stories like these and these and these.
A complaint I got myself is that the opt-out scheme is hopelessly outdated. I mean, it's 2015 and you still can't register online – instead you have to request, complete and return a paper opt-out form. This was in fact one of the reasons why Defra wanted the scheme to be replaced with the Door-Drop Preference Service.
I'd like to know your experiences with the opt-out scheme. You can post them on the brand new forum, or, if you prefer, you can send me an e-mail. I'm hoping to get more of an idea of what sort of issues people encounter and how they're resolved (or not resolved). Suggestions for improvements to the scheme are equally welcome.
As an aside, the forum itself is a bit of an experiment. I've been toying with the idea for ages and when I recently redesigned the website I thought I give it a try. Please do use it (or loose it!).