re: Gmail Inbox Update: Hopes And Fears
Like Greg, below, I have about 4,000, but mostly because last year, I spent an entire weekend deleting and organizing my inbox. I have not switched to the new format because like you, I don't want it to provide automated categorization. I have my own system, and I would prefer Google didn't change it on me.
That said, I may be more inclined if it changed its approach to categorization. I think it would make more sense to have categorization based on subject matter as opposed to the type of message. I'd like to see folders for "work," "school" (if you have kids or are furthering your education), "bills," "social," "miscellaneous," etc. This way, you could check each accordingly and respond or take action when appropriate. And if something that falls into those subject matter categories is promotional or social in nature (perhaps you follow your kid's school on Facebook or Twitter), it will still fall into the appropriate subject matter category.
If something from my credit card company sent me was promotional in nature, I could make that own determination. If it was categorized into "bills," I would open and delete; no big deal. But the fact that it is organized into that folder to begin with would help, since I would know where to look if I wanted to find ALL communication from my credit card company. Just an idea...