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Re: [PATCH] When deleting in bookmark menu, prompt for confirmation.

From: Karl Fogel
Subject: Re: [PATCH] When deleting in bookmark menu, prompt for confirmation.
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 12:40:35 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.0.50 (gnu/linux)

On 06 May 2021, Lars Ingebrigtsen wrote:
It's not the same -- giving them the ability to recover is better. :-) We're teaching users to hit "y" after a whole bunch of commands, and the
"y" becomes automatic.

Ah, that's not a problem here.

When a confirmation prompt is used to defend against *accidentally* performing an action that the user didn't intend to perform, then there is no habituation problem.

In other words, sure, the "yes" *should* be automatic: if what you intend to do is execute the deletion of marked bookmarks, then you will (habitually and unthinkingly) type 'x yes RET'. No problem there.

But when you *didn't* intend to do that, and you had simply hit 'x' by accident, then you're very unlikely to type 'yes RET' as the very next thing you do -- your brain isn't running that macro right now. So you'll be surprised when you find yourself at a confirmation prompt, and you'll look at what's happening and type C-g or 'no' to back out of the situation. The confirmation has served its purpose.

The "confirmation is bad because habituation" argument is classic, but it only applies to situations where the confirmation was intended to make someone think more carefully about an intended action -- that is indeed foolish, but it's not what we're doing here. Confirmation whose purpose is merely to make sure that action was intended at all is not broken by habituation, but rather made stronger by habituation.

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