Ok, so my mom just came over and asked me if she needed to refresh the webpage that showed her inbox to see if new mail had come. I told her yes, she did, because the webpage wasn't automatically updated.
So, that in mind, what if I were to write up a little script that detected x minutes after there had been no user activity, and refreshed the webpage? Or do 'modern' email pages do this already? Is there a better way to judge when to refresh rather than user inactivity?
The whole point of refreshing a page is to show when new mail comes in. So you don't have to remember to refresh all the time.
Tell me what you think, and maybe in a week or two I'll post some sample code.