Getting lots of emails every day has forced me to make an effort at keeping my inbox clean, instead of just deleting piles of emails every few months. I never used to delete emails immediately after reading them before, but now I read an email, think "Will I ever need this later?" and most of the time, the answer is no.
Will this bite me in the ass someday, when I delete something important? Maybe. But having less than 150 KB of filled storage feels really good! :)
@Mayana I started to delete mails aggressively a few months ago and I already feel better.
@kensanata That's great to hear! I'm not sure why deleting things, dooming them to oblivion, feels so enjoyable and freeing, but it definitely does.
But damn, I just noticed how redundant my OP sounds. I used the word email 4 times in 2 sentences! Oh well, too late to delete and edit now.
@Mayana haha, a long time ago I wrote a blog post about record keepers. It ends with: “This only benefits your enemies, never your friends. I want to expire my toots. We can always write a blog post about the good stuff.”
@kensanata I remember that blog post! It's what inspired me to start deleting older toots as well. Thank you. :)
I keep them around for 6 months though, which might be an overly long period of time. I'll have to reconsider that.
They're pretty much all filed automatically (leaving just spam and a few new contacts in my inbox) and when I'm done with them they're marked as read so no cognitive load. Backup .tar.gpg is just under 2GB so a large but not dominant part of my backups. Databases grow linearly, disks grow exponentially.
And, just once in a while, it can be handy to go back to an old message.
@edavies @kensanata Different strategies for different people, I suppose. Perhaps it's better that you don't share my weird fondness for numbers going down. Most people prefer them to go up anyway! :)
To be clear, I do still archive some stuff for later. And once I get a job, I'll no doubt keep work-related emails around for longer. But I've realized I only read most of the emails I get once and then ignore them, and adapted accordingly.
@edavies @Mayana I basically kept all my mails from i don’t know feels like 1996 to 2016 and then I realized I never ever looked something up – business mails, different story; private purchases, also a different story; but personal emails, love letters, the things I wrote my mother when my sister died, important stuff: I never went back. And when I sent stuff by paper there was no way to go back anyway. And so I realized that this use case simply doesn’t exist for me.
@kensanata I keep almost all my data encrypted. Full disk on most drives plus gpg-AES256 for those backups. That's part of the reason I'm more relaxed about keeping old stuff - won't protect against a warrant, of course, but will against laptop loss/theft.
· camera SD card.
· Raspberry Pi used for household data logging as I want it to restart unattended after a power cut or whatever.
@Mayana everything goes into archive or trash for me (but Github folder is stale usually)
@charlag I only archive stuff that I know I'll still want to read a few months later (so currently, only a few conversations with my best friend). Short-term useful stuff just stays in my inbox until its usefulness runs out. But perhaps I should create a few folders and organize things some more.
@Mayana About a decade ago I stopped keeping email, except for sent messages. I figure I'm responsible for what *I've* said, so I better keep a record.
Then five years ago I realized I rarely start an email message. I just get requests and reply. So now my inbox is a #Discourse instance where I can auto-bump/delete/archive messages *at my leisure*.
It's pretty terrific. :sunglasses:
@maiki Interesting! I am quite the opposite. I delete sent messages as soon as the discussion isn't active anymore. The info in them is for other people after all, it's their job to decide to keep them. I remember what I wrote well enough. :P