[wp-hackers] Reposting my lost chronicle: Revisiting the 'Trash Can' idea...

Roy Schestowitz r at schestowitz.com
Tue Apr 25 00:16:04 GMT 2006

___/ On Mon 24 Apr 2006 18:19:04 BST, [ David Chait ] wrote : \___

> Off the whole 'someone can get me to delete something' thread, I had posted
> a new thread -- unfortunately from the wrong email account, and apparently
> got no bounce message.  So, here's my email, again...
> ----------
> A while back there was discussion of having deletions go to a conceptual
> 'trash' state, which could later be emptied (automatically over some time
> period, or manually, OR restored).  This came back to me as I said to myself
> "Gee, Nonces seem great.  But if there's another vector that somehow gets me
> to try and delete my own stuff, is there a way I can recover quickly?"
> Which brought me back to the trashcan.
> The discussion revolved, I believe, around two points:
> 1. Do we really need 'undo' around deletions?  Or, at that point, around
> other actions.
> 2. If it seems useful, how do we implement it quickly, so it 'drops' right
> into the existing architecture with minimal impact.
> <snip />

My initial instinct was to say that it would lead to confusion, much like
deletion in IMAP mail folders. After a second thought, I realised it would
be an essential feature to some, so should probably be implemented as a
plug-in. Think of it as thought it was tab snapback in Mozilla Firefox.
There is one additional concern which is privacy, which is the cost of
having an extra layer to deletion. Trash can annoy the user sometimes
because they facilitate a two-tiered deletion, despite a confirmation
prompt, which makes it three-tiered..


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