And surely *delete* means delete.
The Internet is all going to pot IMHO.
Not really, looking at most email clients (outlook, thunderbird etc) the delete folder needs to emptied either manually or automatically.
As for the whole issue of "thousands" of emails people don't seem to realise how many emails they get as they can be collected several times a day.
I keep a 30 day cache of my pop box just in case I need to roll back my windows install and in there there is over 1000 mails,
If somebody has been using IMAP or not configured their POP box correctly I would expect somebody to get tens of thousands of mails in their delete folder.
Is Google really charging that much more than Yahoo for Sky to want to make the move as it is the 2nd time they have moved their mail service since they started,