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

Jan-Christoph Borchardt jan at inquata.com
Wed Mar 31 22:57:21 BST 2010

David: I agree. The undo would be out of place after the final delete,
because that is supposed to be, well, final. It is suited for the »move to
trash«-action though.

Side note: Global undo would be a killer feature for sure.

I feel the trash has created an anti-pattern when it comes to file recovery;
we do not want to lose our files but we want to keep everything clean, hence
we empty the trash regularly. This makes little sense with todays big hard

Dropbox for example has a far better approach: It has no visible trash,
deleted items are only hidden and recoverable for 30 days. You can
permanently delete them if you want but you do not feel the urge to do it
because they are not prominently displayed.

The opposite is true for the trash: It always sits there in the bottom right
corner, waiting for the user to empty it. On any OS I install, the first
thing I do is remove the trash icon from sight. Data is far more valuable
than a little more disk space.

On 31 March 2010 22:40, David Faure <faure at kde.org> wrote:

> On Wednesday 31 March 2010, Dotan Cohen wrote:
> > > - Provide a 30 seconds Undo action (highly visible, passive). If the
> user
> > > wants to delete the file, it's just one action; but if it was
> accidental,
> > > she has a security net of 30 secs.
> >
> > This looks like a good idea. Gmail has such an Undo function.
> >
> > I wouldn't expect the Undo function on Move To Trash, but I would
> > expect it for Delete and for Empty Trash.
> Which makes no sense, sorry :-)
> If your disk is full and you empty the trash, you certainly expect to get
> more
> disk space immediately... not after the 30 seconds undo, when the system
> can
> finally delete the files and make more space.
> Real deletion is -supposed- to delete immediately, otherwise assumptions
> are
> broken. This means no undo, but there's no other way.
> --
> David Faure, faure at kde.org, http://www.davidfaure.fr
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> http://www.konqueror.org).
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