Thanks, super helpful.
I’m not likely to change my long-ingrained work habits, though, without a bit of a deeper understanding of why it’s not advisable. Doing what you suggest would have the side effect of making everything I currently have in the trash available to search again. This is quite far from what I want.
If there really is a good reason, I’m all ears. I’m just not seeing it yet, and obviously I’m quite used to how the Finder works, which basically gives me more freedom to work how I want subject to disk space. That is surprising to me, since DT supports so many different styles and approaches. To be uncompromising by not including a standard feature of every system I’m aware of that uses the trash metaphor is a hard for me to fathom.
In the meantime, I solved my immediate problem by copying everything out of the trash except the 5 files I wanted to delete immediately, emptied the trash, copied the rest back, and carried on. Now my trash is back to a few hundred megs, and I’m sure before the end of the year I will find the time to go through it and make sure I didn’t accidentally delete something important. I’m unlikely to have a storage crisis before then.