Carey O'Shea carey at
Tue Nov 29 08:22:10 GMT 2005

On Tue, 2005-11-29 at 00:07 -0200, Carlos Ribeiro wrote:
> Privacy is a problem - when a user trashes a file, he usually expects
> it to be gone. In fact, recovering a file from trash is usually an
> afterthought for many people that are surprised to see that they can
> recover whatever they have deleted.

So just because some not-so-smart users are yet to work out that they
have a trash can, then there files should be periodically deleted due to
their ignorance for the sake of privacy? 

OSX and Windows may suggest that you clean up old files, but they won't
do it automatically. 

> A good reference to the problem is the interminable discussion
> regarding the "delete" command in GMail, which originally didn't
> include any way to permanently erase a message (after all, the motto
> was "you never need to delete any message"). Many people complained
> and in the end, they implemented the auto-erase in the trash. I think
> that it keeps files there for 30 days, but I'm not sure.

I don't understand... having a trash can does not stop users deleting

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