[Noisebridge-discuss] Private Address Forwarding proposal to USPS

ITechGeek itg at itechgeek.com
Tue Oct 22 04:07:06 UTC 2013

That APO/FPO is duty station specific for overseas assignments.  And if
they're not overseas, they have a normal US address (although if they live
on post, the city is the installation they live on & some units you can
replace a normal street address with unit information).

But I mean something that can be uniform as they move every 13-36 months.
Something I would have considered paying for when I was in the Military as
I lived at Fort Knox, KY, Fort Gordon, GA, Mannheim (APO AE), Germany,
Heidelberg (Different APO AE address), Germany, & Fort Belvoir, VA during
my 4 yrs in the military.

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On Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 7:15 PM, Sai <noisebridge at saizai.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 2:14 AM, Robert Picone <rpicone at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 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.
> That would require senders to have machine writing. Most senders
> don't, and it's not a constraint I'm wiling to adopt as mandatory.
> Normal people should be able to hand write letters to PAF IDs the same
> as they can to anyone else.
> Plus, given the constraints and checksum, OCR of a PAF ID should be
> pretty easy. The USPS back end already does this all the time for
> normal addresses.
> However, I see no problem with having a machine-readable
> representation *in addition*, for senders that are capable of printing
> one. In fact, that was part of the USPS' reply.
> > -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.
> You shouldn't have to go to the USPS to obtain a special label to send
> something to a PAF user. That would be bad for privacy and make it
> unlikely to be used.
> On Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 2:22 AM, ITechGeek <itg at itechgeek.com> wrote:
> > Best use of this I can see is for people who move around such as
> military.
> If they're active duty, they already have it in the form of APO/FPO
> addressing — at least for the redirection aspect. Not for the privacy
> aspect, of course. (Though they could point a PAF ID to an APO
> address…)
> - Sai
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