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We want to make it easy for people to perform task in an application, but we also want to prevent them from accidentally deleting something. Where is the middle ground between these two opposing concepts when it comes to deleting?

Or asked in another way, how easy should I make it for people to perform an action that is irreversible?

I'm referring more to something like deleting something like a folder with a lot of content in it on a mobile application (hence no recycle bin).

Edit: I came across this post on the 37signals blog. It's an interesting idea to have a confirmation dialogue box but do something like this to make people think about it first.

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We want to make it easy for people to perform task in an application, but we also want to prevent them from accidentally deleting something. Where is the middle ground between these two opposing concepts when it comes to deleting?

Or asked in another way, how easy should I make it for people to perform an action that is irreversible?

I'm referring more to something like deleting something like a folder with a lot of content in it on a mobile application (hence no recycle bin).

Edit: I came across this post on the 37signals blog. It's an interesting idea to have a confirmation dialogue box but do something like this to make people think about it first.

enter image description here

We want to make it easy for people to perform task in an application, but we also want to prevent them from accidentally deleting something. Where is the middle ground between these two opposing concepts when it comes to deleting?

Or asked in another way, how easy should I make it for people to perform an action that is irreversible?

I'm referring more to something like deleting something like a folder with a lot of content in it on a mobile application (hence no recycle bin).

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