[KDE Usability] Review Request: Add a confirmation window when emptying the trash

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at gmail.com
Thu Apr 1 13:09:53 BST 2010

> Would a 10 seconds delay be an acceptable compromise, in order to
> distinguish Real Deletion from accidental deletion?

10 seconds is not enough. My mother-in-law's partner is 82 years
smart. He reads every message, but it takes him a full minute to do
so. By the time your 10 seconds have elapsed, Shmuel has only
discovered that the message even exists.

Although I like the general idea of a 30 second panic button, in
reality it is usually a good few hours before I realize that I need
something in the trash. I personally empty the trash after every
workweek, and there have been many times that I have needed files from

Therefore, I rescind my earlier suggestion and now agree with Faure
that the panic button, if implemented, should be for Send to Trash
only. It should be in addition to the safeguards that already exist,
not replace them. _Never_ make assumptions about when the user wants
his files permanently deleted.

Note that this would be far less of an issue if this bug were to be implemented:
"Trash: Order by last deleted"

Dotan Cohen


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