[Dovecot] Idea: POP3 deletion as a flag

Gedalya gedalya at gedalya.net
Fri May 3 23:38:26 EEST 2013

On 05/03/2013 04:00 PM, lst_hoe02 at kwsoft.de wrote:
> But for simply leave mail on server with POP3 most MUAs have this 
> feature anyway today, no? So at least for Thunderbird and Outlook this 
> couldn't be the only use-case. Most requests i have seen where because of
> - Misguided user using POP3 on different devices with the same account 
> --> Better use IMAP
> - People unable to throw away anything because they are unable to 
> decide what is important 

I agree. And, what are you going to do? There are times when you need to 
bend over backwards due to the user's uncorrectable technical 
incorrectness. You need to figure out the least expensive (and I don't 
mean money) way to make your service manageable, which doesn't involve 
the impossible - arguing with your users. Your users will come at you 
asking you to undelete the emails they deleted and when you tell them 
that you fulfilled their request to delete the emails, they will say 
that they don't know what you are talking about. And that's the truth. 
The user didn't delete anything. The user agent did. And somehow it all 
ends up being your problem.
If you don't like this feature, don't enable it. But it's useful in some 

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