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Re: Proposal: make [Message Inbox], when truncated, show only the latest messages

by jhourcle (Prior)
on Nov 20, 2006 at 15:17 UTC ( #585074=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Proposal: make [Message Inbox], when truncated, show only the latest messages

I agree, from a usability standpoint, that your suggestion makes perfect sense.

I will, however contrast it from a system pont of view.* If you make it easy for the user to never have to go into their mailbox, they're less likely to go in there and clean things up.

I'm not going to pretend that I know what the correct balance is between the two (or even if the issue w/ not cleaning up is significant), but I've seen systems where a few people never weed their messages, and they might collect up thousands.

* (I don't know anything about this system, but I have administered mail systems and portal sites in the past)

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Re^2: Proposal: make [Message Inbox], when truncated, show only the latest messages
by bart (Canon) on Nov 20, 2006 at 19:00 UTC
    I will, however contrast it from a system pont of view.* If you make it easy for the user to never have to go into their mailbox, they're less likely to go in there and clean things up.
    That is, pardon my French, baloney.

    I've heard of people here who allegedly keep more than 1000 messages in their inbox. That's part of why they added filtering on message content in Message Inbox (the person who added that, is one of those people).

    This is not the way to force people to clean up. Instead, you to take harder measures, like putting a hard limit on the number of messages the system will hold, and automatically throw away older messages, when the inbox size grows above it.

    Not that I really want this, but it surely sounds better to me, than what you are saying.

    Is there a reason to limit the inbox size?

      Why bart, you sound positively bitter. :-)

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