Should the letter "ß" still be used in German?
If you must answer, would you stand in/out a circle of supporting no longer use "ß" because we can use "ss" instead in German?
I for myself keep the ß no matter what! Noch ne Rechtschreibreform hin oder her.
I have deep childhood memories of learning how to write the s and ß.
We also spent so many hours learning when to use s and when ß.
So, no way I will drop it, let me write the bloody and beautiful ß until the end of my life.
In Switzerland, the letter ß is not used and always replaced by ss. But in Germany and Austria it is used, and there are no tendencies to drop it.
If you replace ß by ss (e.g. because you have difficulties typing it on your keyboard), you will always be understood, but everybody will notice it as a non-standard spelling.
And note that there are some word pairs where the difference between ß and ss is vital. Example:
- in Maßen: moderately
- in Massen: in great quantities
Chris and SHL: I guess you are talking about the spelling reform from 1996 which replaced some (not all) occurrences of ß by ss. Well, I am over 40, and I follow most of the changed rules, especially the "ß vs ss" rule. It makes more sense to me, and it was quite easy to get used to it. And this is also the spelling you find in most German texts written after 1996. So I write as I read.