How easy would it be to create different repositories? Then you could save a day's shooting in a short-term repository until you had at least reviewed them, at some point copy over the ones you want to keep to a more permanent repository, and delete the whole short-term repository - admittedly crude, but much less work than rebuilding.
(2) permanently delete those files that I know I will no longer need.
I'm confused. The entire purpose of an archive database is to KEEP things, forever, so you can go back to them when you need to. If you have files that you expect to delete, maybe they shouldn't be going into the database.
There's a park near us where people fly RC planes. Fun to watch, and people keep them over the park, and there's no question they're controlled. The first time someone put up a multi-rotor, though, someone asked, "Is that a drone? Can it go by itself?" No. It's an RC plane just like everything else. And if you keep it over the open land in the park, and stay away from people's windows, you'll be fine.
Maybe we think the internet's worked fine for 30 years
Yes. And maybe some people think it was *great* that their parents hit them with a belt, and it's *right* that plebes and pledges should be abused. OTOH maybe some people reach for other old behavior models like "chivalry", and feel that the world would be nicer if more did. One can disagree vehemently without threatening personal injury; one can be blunt and truthful about pointing out error without being an a**hole. Poor behavior is not harmless. The fact that we can't do much about it should not lead us to accept or encourage it.
You are ignoring the fact that people are a resource by itself.
Of course, they're the main ingredient in Soylent Green!
But where are the curves? Where are the non-right-angles (mustn't forget the pyramids)? Perhaps it's all a question of which True Shapes visited our world, like Babylon 5's explanation of all our religions as a proxy war between the law-and-order Vorlons and the what-do-you-want Shadows. (As opposed to Stargate's "chariots of the gods" theme of a proxy war between . . . other aliens.) Or maybe it's about how shadows falling on Earth's curved surface become non-Euclidean (what Tetris shape gives a shadow like a yin-yang symbol? Hmm .