- I log into my GMail account
- I click on Spam folder.
- I select all the mails as I am very sure that every mail in this box is spam
- I “automatically” click on “Not Spam” button on the toolbar !!
Thinking I am crazy ! After all, GMail has the best spam filter, why would anybody report spam mails as Not Spam ?
I guess this has to do with the confusing User Interface of GMail.
This is how the toolbar looks when Inbox is the active folder:
Notice the positioning of “Report Spam” and “Delete” buttons.
When Spam is the active folder, the toolbar looks like this:
In this view, the “Not Spam” button is on the right of “Delete Forever” button!!
After selecting the unwanted messages in Inbox, my hand automatically goes to the last button in the toolbar which happens to be the Delete button.
I am so used to this, that I do the same after selecting the messages in Spam folder. So instead of deleting the messages, I end up marking the spam messages as Not Spam :(.
Even the All Mail folder also has a interface consistent with the inbox folder.
I tried to analyze whether the buttons in Spam folder werereversed intentionally, but nothing seems to make sense. Spam mails which are more than 30 days old are automatically deleted, and there is no reason not to have the “Delete Forever” button on the right !
Am I the only one having this problem ? Anybody has any other views on this ?
I guess I have to get accustomed to using the new “Delete all spam messages now” option 🙂