Gmail, or Google Mail, is a free web email service provided by Google.
I’ve been a gmail user for several years now, and everything’s been good so far.
Well, except for one thing — the Drafts section.
To demonstrate, take a look at the screenshot below. Click image to enlarge.
You can see that you are currently on the drafts section of your gmail.
Now, your drafts section could have many important documents and pre-composed stuffs. But assuming you have the following three important documents as shown in the picture.
What if you accidentally delete one of your important drafts? Choose a draft document by checking the checkbox. We are now trying to simulate an accidental deletion of a draft document.
Your draft document is now selected. Now, click “Discard Drafts” button.
As you can see, your draft document is removed. And gmail says: “Drafts have been deleted from the conversation.”
Is it the right time to panic? Well, perhaps no. I can still retrieve my important document in the Trash section.
Now, look at your Trash.
Your important document is not there.
Now it’s time to panic!
This is the downside of gmail. Drafts when deleted could never be retrieved again. Inbox messages that are deleted can still be found in the Trash section. But Drafts doesn’t behave the same.
Another thing to note here is the placement of “Compose Mail” link and “Discard Drafts” button are very much close to each other, making this prone to accidental deletion.
This is something gmail users should watch out for.
And for gmail developers to take note for their future improvements.