I've been _manually_ re-enabling these popcon reports at every install(Ubuntu gives me a $free OS and the least I can do is help 'em out w/ some telemetry!) via:
$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure popularity-contest
As a sys-admin, I do installs regularly and having so many apport notices user-facing has been an irritation(i.e. cups-browsed has crashed, gnome-shell has crashed, etc.). These are not show-stopping in the majority of cases and only confuse the end-user. I would welcome 'silent' crash-reporting for such use cases.
popcon.ubuntu.com seemed to go unmaintained for a while so I opened the following bug to determine it's future: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/popularity-contest/+bug/1711420
Thanks for looking into this. Ubuntu & the greater GNU/Linux community has to reverse-engineer so much of the Wintel(Microsoft/Intel) world already, let's give the Dev's some good info on where to prioritize by use and greatest need !!