In the past I have used the match trick very regularly for both Jibini and Tana. I drove a truck OTR for 5 years, during which time Jibini was with me the whole time, and we adopted Tana about a year before I quit driving.
Jibini is one of those who is PICKY about where he will poop. He has to have tall grass and soft ground. Will only reluctantly poop on mowed grass- and getting him to go out in the desert, or when it's raining….is like pulling teeth.
Being a truck driver, we ran into tricky poop situations quite often. We'd spend a week or so in the deserts of California and Arizona with no grass, no matter where we went (or painstakingly manicured lawns with 'no dogs' signs). Once in a while I'd have an inner-city or warehouse delivery where there was no grass- just concrete- within walking distance. I delivered in downtown Seattle once, where there was "curb your dog" signs everywhere. The match trick ensured Jibini pooped exactly where I wanted him to- in the gutter.
Even now, the match trick is my old standby in the rain or if I am in a hurry- if I know I'll be leaving for 5-6 hours and the dogs are taking their time. My house now is surrounded by mowed grass- and the cow pasture out back had cows in it until a week ago so I couldn't take Jibini there....so waiting for him to poop on his own takes forever.
I've used the match trick frequently since Jibini was about a year old. I haven't seen any evidence that he or Tana is "dependent" upon it the way humans will become with suppositories. Give him the right set of circumstances and he'll poop just fine; give him less than ideal pooping substrate and he'll take all day....he's always been that way.
I also use the wooden side- and I have also found that in a pinch, the stem of a long blade of hay-grass (or those little Y-shaped grass weeds people get in their lawns) will work just fine. Anything stiffer than grass but not rough or bumpy like twigs.