There are at least three good reasons why we’re using Lotus Notes, so mostly this post is just here to make me feel better. Thank you for sharing my pain; please comment with any solutions you’ve found for this problem.
Today, I decided that I would delete all my old Lotus Notes mails that have been building up. This is partly because I’ve been getting warnings for the last three weeks about my quota, and partly because I remember my empty inbox with fondness.
I click my Inbox on the Workspace.
I start at the bottom, with my mail from way back in 2005. I can’t just shift-select a ton of mails – I have to individually tick every single one. I have a preview window; of course, this means that if I accidentally click on something large, Lotus Notes carefully loads the attachment into memory before allowing me to delete it. (I have no idea why it does this, since it loads it all over again if you actually open the mail. And again if you decide to open the attachment.)
I tick a screenful of mail, press delete, and get the “Type Mismatch” dialog:
All the mails now have crosses against them, but haven’t actually been deleted.
I figure that maybe, just maybe, Lotus Notes will do this if I log out. So, I quit Lotus Notes. When I open it again, all the crosses have gone and the mails are still there.
So, I try again. Tick. Tick. Tick. This time, I just close my inbox. Lotus notes kindly asks me, this time, if I want to delete 77 mails. Absolutely I do! But apparently, Lotus Notes exists in a different timezone to us mere mortals, and it’s too early:
Hm. My mails are still there, and the crosses have gone again.
I have spent hours now trying to delete my mail. Of course, now I remember why they were building up in the first place…