[Noisebridge-discuss] Private Address Forwarding proposal to USPS

Robert Picone rpicone at gmail.com
Mon Oct 21 09:14:06 UTC 2013

I would say that it might be worthwhile to forgo memorability and direct
human writing completely and to register this as an entirely
machine-readable system.  In doing so:

-You would avoid memorability concerns...  Most people aren't going to
remember alphanumeric strings no matter what: Printed
-You provide utility to the post office.  Increased machine-readability
means lower cost.  USPS already has barcode readers of certain types that
the format could respect.
-Avoids dealing with illegibility, and has a lot of potential for
-Has the potential for a further revenue-stream for USPS in printing labels
certified to be compatible with their system.  This would minimize
inconvenience a bit.

On Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 6:48 PM, Sai <noisebridge at saizai.com> wrote:

> http://s.ai/paf
> I've proposed the USPS adopt Private Address Forwarding, and the USPS'
> comments are in.
> tl;dr proposal: Google Voice for postal mail. The USPS assigns you a
> unique ID, you tell them where to forward that ID, and they can't
> disclose who it belongs to or where it goes without court process or
> your permission. You could get mail that's just addressed to "PAF
> 13JS-00EG-C, United States", and it'd automagically get routed to you.
> You can also choose to give UPS, FedEx, etc permission to access the
> forwarding info if you want.
> tl;dr benefits: Getting mail while preserving your privacy; never
> having to update your address w/ everyone when you move (just w/ the
> USPS); cheaper & easier than PO boxes.
> Take a look & tell them (and me) what you think. :-)
> Enjoy,
> - Sai
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