AndyA - 4:00 pm on Feb 13, 2010 (gmt 0)
Why is it the "opt in" vs. "opt out" process seems backward? If you don't want to be flooded with offers by mail, phone, or E-mail, you must "opt out" to not receive them. This seems wrong. It means that many people will inknowingly receive offers/ads/spam/trash that they don't want.
It seems to me it would be much more efficient to have everyone automatically opted out of these things, unless they specifically opt in to receive them. At least then, the people getting this stuff might actually want it, and pay attention to it.
As it is now, it's just a waste of natural resources and everyone's time. I don't think you should ever have to "opt out" of anything. That should be the default. It's the only way to "do no evil."