Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Deleting emails

Some (many?) people appear to be positively obsessed with deleting emails for some mysterious reason. The other day I referred one of my correspondents back to a discussion a couple of months earlier. Astonishingly, the reply was: "I don´t keep emails that far back". Why???

FWIW, my basic rule is to keep all non-spam emails, because:
  • Any email can turn out to be useful for reference (or indeed as "evidence") in future, and I regard my very comprehensive email archive (dating back to the 1990s) as an invaluable resource
  • Constantly having to decide which emails to keep and which to delete is a waste of time
  • Disk space is no longer an issue these days