Service Pack 1 for SharePoint 2010 has been announced. It’s not going to be released until late June 2011. However, what is being reported seems interesting.
Site Recycle Bin
For a long time SharePoint Admin guys have been plagued by users deleting the wrong SharePoint sites. It’s not so much a matter of users deleting sites by accident; you have to click “Delete This Site” from the Site Settings page, then SharePoint prompts you for confirmation two further times. Clearly, users clicking “Delete This Site” by accident is not the problem. The problem is users being in the wrong site when they go to Site Settings and hit “Delete This Site”. So, the problem is users deleting the wrong site by accident.
Why is this a problem? SharePoint has Site and Site Collection level recycle bins by default. When I delete via the browser a List, Library, List Item or Document it all goes into the Recycle Bin, which I can then restore. However, Sites and Site Collections do not get this treatment. Delete one of those, and they’re gone straight away.
Microsoft has known about this issue from very early on. In fact this issue was around in SharePoint 2007 as well. The Microsoft IT team – the Redmond guys who first installed SharePoint 2007 for Microsoft themselves – noticed the problem and came up with a solution: The Site Recycle Bin.
You can download the Site Recycle Bin today as a feature for SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010 from Microsoft’s SharePoint Governance page on CodePlex.
But now… Microsoft has realised this behaviour should be available by default. So from SharePoint 2010 SP1, it’s in the box.