Inconsistency for checked/unchecked options in Clear private data




Firefox for Android
6 years ago
2 years ago


(Reporter: xti, Unassigned)




Firefox Tracking Flags

(firefox15 affected, firefox16 affected, firefox17 affected)




6 years ago
Firefox 17.0a1 (2012-07-31)
Device: Galaxy R
OS: Android 2.3.4

Steps to reproduce:
1. Open Fennec
2. Go to Menu > Settings > Clear private data
3. Uncheck some options and tap on Clear data button
4. Restart app
5. Repeat step 2

Actual result:
The unchecked options at step 3 are still unchecked after step 5.

Expected result:
I am not sure which should be the best expected result here. I am thinking about 2 cases:
1. Most of the users are using this option just once or twice. In this case, all options are already auto-checked and I suppose that these users will clear everything each time.
2. There are few which will use this option more often, and that's because just some of those options are cleared, like Saved passwords, cache or something. For those users it would be more useful to have a "sticky" settings for this.
Also, as Mark Finkle said on IRC, it would be better to have a re-initialization each time when Clear Private Data dialog is triggered.


6 years ago
tracking-fennec: --- → ?
status-firefox15: --- → affected
status-firefox16: --- → affected
status-firefox17: --- → affected
This was done intentionally; this is what desktop does. I think it makes sense to have these items be sticky for a number of use cases (a web dev testing a site who needs to repeatedly clear cookies/cache between tries, someone who uses this pref to clear the same items on exit, etc).
As long as UX is ok with it, I don't have any real problem with the behavior. Also, I didn't realized desktop worked this way.
Keywords: ux-consistency
I am fine with the current behaviour. 

I agree with Brian, it seems to me that for users who clear data just every once in a while, having to recheck a few boxes is not a very painful experience. Especially considering that if the menu wasn't sticky, people who use this often would go crazy having to reset what to clear every time they opened the menu.
Marking wontfix based on Brian's and Ian's comments.
Last Resolved: 6 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX


4 years ago
tracking-fennec: ? → ---
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