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Prevent data loss when deleting unused Mail accounts
Authored by: ozzyrules on Oct 08, '04 09:40:16AM

Am I missing something here? Isn't this common sense? If am deleting a POP account, shouldn't I expect that any mail left in it would be deleted?



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Prevent data loss when deleting unused Mail accounts
Authored by: mithridain on Oct 09, '04 12:07:01PM

I used to use Netscape and Mozilla for mail on my Windows system. When I changed my ISP while using that, my old mail remained. I lost all my old e-mails when I changed ISPs and deleted the old one from accounts.

Since there is a potential for a great deal of data loss, the mail.app should inform the user that all e-mails associated with that account will be lost. If they haven't already, Apple needs to change this. It isn't that difficult to add a prompt to confirm or cancel.



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Prevent data loss when deleting unused Mail accounts
Authored by: veen on Oct 11, '04 09:29:33AM

Am I missing something here? Isn't this common sense? If am deleting a POP account, shouldn't I expect that any mail left in it would be deleted?

From the Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines:

The key is to create a balance between providing users with the capabilities they need to get their work done and preventing them from destroying data. For situations in which a user may destroy data accidentally, you can help the user by providing warnings, usually in the form of an alert box, to notify users of a potentially undesirable situation and still allow them to proceed, if they confirm that this is what they want. This approach "protects" users but allows them to remain in control.

http://developer.apple.com/documentation/mac/HIGuidelines/HIGuidelines-22.html



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