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

David Faure faure at kde.org
Wed Mar 31 23:09:41 BST 2010

On Wednesday 31 March 2010, Dotan Cohen wrote:
> > 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.
> You assume that the use case in which the user is deleting due to low
> disk space is the dominant use case. I argue that it is only one use
> case, however I agree that it does need special handling in this
> regard.

Short of reading the user's mind, we have no way of knowing if the user is 
deleting a big file (or empty the trash) in order to free some disk space or 
"just because".

So then we would need two actions, a "empty trash with undo enabled" and a 
"empty trash immediately"? I definitely do not believe that this would improve 
usability at all (talk about too many options...)

(BTW I do argue that the main use case for emptying the trash _is_ making more 
disk space, given that there is no other good reason or incentive to do it, 
but since neither of us can prove this one way or the other, I'm happy for us 
to give up this line of argumentation.).

David Faure, faure at kde.org, http://www.davidfaure.fr
Sponsored by Nokia to work on KDE, incl. Konqueror (http://www.konqueror.org).

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