please don't think I'm crazy, but a folder in ~/Downloads which I've deleted (via rmdir) appears again and again. Any idea what's wrong here?
The Ubuntu is Oneiric.
There are some "Special" directories in your home directory, Downloads are one of them.
=== Command line / manual method ===
it should look like this:
Delete or comment out ( add a
Then delete ~/Downloads
If that fails, install and run Ubuntu Tweak
Just a guess: Maybe this folder is set as the download folder in Firefox?