Well, this is a topic worthy of a philosophical dissertation.
I know many people that seem naturally gifted for multitasking. Just as I know people that notice details, like someone buys new shoes, and someone else immediately says “Nice shoes!”, and I’m left wondering how the hell do they do it? Do they look at other people’s shoes every day, and keep a mental database of every pair of shoes every coworker owns, just for the sake of the one day they come in with a new pair on? It is utterly incomprehensible to me. But then again, I know a lot of people like myself, too, who can only think of, or pay attention to, one thing at a time.
I walk into a room with a plan in my mind, and if there was an 8-foot monster in the middle of that room, it would probably still take me several seconds to stop the thought of what I was there to do, and run.
Losing work because of forgetting to save is not new to me. I try, or at least I tell myself I must remember to save, but it doesn’t help: Once I get absorbed in the task of building my 3D structures, my mind only thinks of that and nothing more. In fact, I hardly make it to the washroom by the time I pay attention to the urgent alarm signals… No joking.
I’m almost 50 now, and getting even worse in my golden years. Does it help to say “I’m to blame; I should have saved”? No, it doesn’t; as it will not help change anything. It’s an empty and useless “should”. It’s not gonna happen. Well, sometimes I do remember to save; but the crux of the matter is that I cannot rely on remembering.
Now, let us consider the role of computers, and machines, in general, in human life. Their purpose is to serve us, and supplement us. We have power tools to supplement our strenth, fast motorbikes to supplement our speed… What are computers and computer programs inherently better than us, and therefore there to supplement us with? Well, a lot of things, like arithmetic, large data manipulations… and, I submit; amongst them, prominenetly, reminding us…
To even consider the thought that humans should train themselves to remind computers… sounds like screeching brake-pads in my ears… Not that an extra skill is a bad thing to acquire, for the sake of the sport; but where a lot of work and time investment are at stake, that’s not the place to play games with one’s head… “Let’s see if I can remember to save…”. I want my work safe, much more so than I care to develop the skill of periodically remembering to save; and if I were to somehow develop such a skill, --which I’m telling you is a hopless hope–, I’d still want a save dialog on close, for added assurance.
And to those who would argue for the opposite, please: As long as you have the option of turning it off in the settings, you’d be okay, right? Then please don’t argue for that the feature not be there. If the feature isn’t there, I do not have the option of turning it on in the settings. Get it? So for both camps to be happy, the feature has to BE there. Otherwise, it’s like you are arguing that because you don’t like it, I should not be able to have it. That’s a VERY hostile position to take.