Sometimes when I login to my WordPress blog account, there’s a comment or two waiting in the moderation queue. When I check the comments, most of the time they’re spam. Now, the option I have is to delete or to mark as spam (paraphrasing here).
The reason to mark a comment as spam is so that the spam software, Akismet in this case, can “learn” and improve its capability. If I use the delete option, I can nuke the spam comment into the place where the sun don’t shine in the Internet. But, from what I understand, this means that the comment is not reported as spam, so the spam software will not “learn” and get better.
The problem with marking a comment as spam is that it goes into the spam queue. I have to manually delete the spam queue or wait for it to be deleted after a certain number of days.
I’ve faced this sort of problem with Gmail* as well. When I mark an email in my Inbox as spam, the email is moved to the Spam folder. Again, a manual deletion is necessary to nuke the spam.
My question is this: Is there a reason not to club two actions to something like this, “Mark as spam and delete”? It accomplishes two actions in one button click and saves me the trouble of re-evaluating the spam queue for spam that I’ve already marked as spam, and does the job in lesser number of mouse-clicks.
I know it’s possible to go overboard with grouping and I’m not advocating that. What I am advocating is grouping of some processes or actions that may have some sort of relation or are in sequence.
What do you think?
*: The examples of Gmail and Akismet are because these are the applications I’ve used most recently.