I never really got the hang of the spelling reform, and generally ignored it, which isn't hard if you're living in the UK. I was told a few years ago by a German teacher of English that nobody knew how to spell anything and people did what they wanted. Allowing for the exaggeration of elderly grumpiness, do you think that's the case? Also, are there any outlets that simply refuse to follow it? I had a vague idea at the time that the FAZ did this, but I might have been wrong, and they don't seem to take that line now.