Hoarders vs. Deleters: Your inbox

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by spicyapple, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. spicyapple macrumors 68000

    spicyapple

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    You are your inbox.

    I'm a hoarder, but I disagree that my life is cluttered in other areas. And I don't think I have unfinished business in my life.

    I keep my emails because most of it is business related and I need to keep them for record-keeping. But I also keep all my personal correspondence because they're special even if short and casual. What if the person on the other end of the email correspondence dies, I like to remember them any way I can.

    Why delete stuff that doesn't take up much room, anyway? I could store all my email messages and then some on a single DVD-R.
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

    WildCowboy

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    I try to keep my inbox pretty tidy...I get annoyed if there are enough messages that I have to scroll to see them all. I just leave stuff that needs attention in the inbox and everything else gets moved to other mailboxes. I used to hoard just about everything in mailboxes, but have recently gotten rid of a lot of it. There are a few areas of my life where I still keep every single message just in case I need one again at some point, but I do a lot more deleting these days.
     
  3. Tanglewood macrumors 6502a

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    Hoard! for the same reasons (purchase confirmations and such)
     
  4. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    I remove e-mails from the Inbox when they're dealt with. Not sooner, not (much) later. Some I delete some I just move to a mailbox for archiving purposes.

    My Sent mailbox, on the other hand has been known to fill up every know and then. Even if I usually keep that too fairly clean it can, in busy periods, reach several hundred mail before I force myself to clean it...

    Mail is much snappier with a handful of messages rather than hundreds (or thousands) in the Inbox and Sent. Much, much snappier!
     
  5. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Hoarder at home (love Spotlight), deleter at work — capped mailboxes on the office PC network.

    Also, hoarder of PMs from here. When PM boxes are full, all PMs are downloaded, stored and stashed in a folder for more Spotlight goodness. ;)
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I keep all of my emails but not in my Inbox. They're moved off to other areas of my Mail app and my Inbox is kept empty if possible.
     
  7. Lau Guest

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    Yeah, me too. My inbox is for stuff that needs attention soon, and when it's empty I've done it. I have a folder that says "For reply" which I put other less urgent stuff that I don't want to file away, but I'll deal with in the future.

    I keep everything else in giant, slightly messy folders. So I suppose that is sort of accurate, because I tend to be organised on the outside, but if you open my cupboards, loads of junk falls out. :p

    (Oh, and I think the article's saying that the state of your Inbox is the key, not whether you keep old mails or not. It's whether you file them. My boyfriend keeps every single email he's ever received in his Inbox. On Webmail. This makes me want to cry. :p)
     
  8. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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  9. Deepdale macrumors 68000

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    Not much to delete when no business is involved and receipt of personal mail is as frequent as snow in summer.
     
  10. XIII macrumors 68040

    XIII

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    Google archives every email I receieve, I have it set to do so. In Mail, I have another Archive folder for particularly important emails I feel the need to same. I keep 3 or 4 emails in my inbox usually which I need to sort out.. like a to do really. Other than that, my inbox is empty.
     
  11. balamw Moderator

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    Gmail has also allowed me to be a hoarder with far more origanization than ever before... ;)

    I have archives of mail from back in the 1980s from various VMS and unix systems... Wish I could easily get them into gmail... (I'd have to find 'em first ;))

    B
     
  12. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    I'd say I'm a lazy deleter. My inbox gets "full" more so because I'm lazy than it is because I want to save everything. I just have a tendency not to go through the emails and delete them as often as I should. But I like my inbox best, especially at work, when it's clean and minimal. It usually means most or all of my work is done! :)
     
  13. Don't panic macrumors 603

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    7402 messages currently in my inbox.
    nothing further to add.:D
     
  14. baby duck monge macrumors 68000

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    I'm a deleter. I like everything in my inbox to fit in the window without scrolling. If the list of messages I ough to keep gets longer than the message window is big I usually save them to my HD and start over.
     
  15. iGary Guest

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    My Inbox never has anything in it. It's filed in another box and responded to the minute it comes in.

    I guess that is why I have a problem with people who don't answer e-mails, because I respond straight away. :)
     
  16. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    I'm definitely a deleter. When the email has served it's purpose, I delete it.
     
  17. Felldownthewell macrumors 65816

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    I never delete my e-mail because I rarely use it. I just never have the time. However, I am obsessive about keeping my HDD's files organized. Everything has a folder and nothing goes on the desktop unless it is going to be immediatley moved or deleted. That being said, I delete EVERYTHING I know I am not going to use, except for school-related documents.
     
  18. iGary Guest

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    Oooh, I save everything, it's just sorted.

    I have one person with almost 3,000 e-mails in their box. :eek:
     
  19. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    I just checked, and I have 9002 messages in my box. :eek:
    I think it's delete time. Thanks for the reminder. :)
     
  20. nbs2 macrumors 68030

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    Is it Rob?:p I keep just about everything Lori sends me - since more of our discussions have been over IM, I've only got 600 emails from her (still more than any 5 people combined...)...
     
  21. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    All project details are usually a combination of exchanges of emails. So I keep every email I send and receive, and they get shuffled off to their respective folders. Everything is organised via rules or manually.

    I have 0 unread emails (some emails I get, I automatically set to read - I can search through them later) in my inbox. And 88,000+ emails in my inbox. I have a Microsoft Exchange Server essentially to myself.

    Personally, I'm generally a slob. So offline actions doesn't necessarily reflect my online practices. What I do with email is out of necessity.
     
  22. sb58 macrumors 6502a

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  23. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I'm a hoarder, I currently have over 5000 messages in my inbox.
     
  24. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    All my email, I save on my Gmail server. So I delete it as it comes in. Really, with 2GB of memory (I'm getting close to 3 now!!! :D) what's the point of keeping it on your computer?
     

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