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Session expires - horror!

Juhan Voolaid
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Joined: Nov 18, 2003
Posts: 179
OK.
So I am taking like 30 minutes to write very detail technical stuff and once I press the "submit" button the forum kindly forwards me to log-in page. Flushing all my hard work down the toilet. So I am hoping to save it by navigating back but no use. What a bullcrap!

I am very pissed off.
Eric Pascarello
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I never write a lengthy post on any forum in the textarea. Notepad should be your friend. There are too many factors that can kill the browser and this ensures you will not loose a post.

Eric
paul wheaton
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Joined: Dec 14, 1998
Posts: 20693
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Juhan,

Tell me more.

Were you logged in before you started to post?

Was there a big gob of time that passed between the start of your post and when you hit submit?


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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Joined: Jul 08, 2003
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Decent browsers -- Firefox, in particular -- preserve the contents of textareas when you navigate back. IE, sadly, discards it. There's nothing we can do on this end, but upgrading to Firefox would help.


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David Newton
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I'm also +1 for editing in a real editor, which a textarea is not. I use It's All Text (or something like that) for Firefox, backed by whichever editor I happen to be most fond of that week.
Shailesh Chandra
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Joined: Aug 13, 2004
Posts: 1081

I am also in favor of using text editor. but this problem makes me think that we should have a draft post(also auto save) feature, subject to a limitation that user can have a maximum n number of post as draft post.

thanks,
Shailesh


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Eric Pascarello
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Another thing I tend to do

Ctrl-A + Ctrl-C

I know if it fails, I am one Ctrl-V away from posting again.



Eric
Paul Sturrock
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Joined: Apr 14, 2004
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Shailesh Chandra wrote:I am also in favor of using text editor. but this problem makes me think that we should have a draft post(also auto save) feature, subject to a limitation that user can have a maximum n number of post as draft post.

thanks,
Shailesh


This wouldn't help. Its still an attempt to submit a form after a session has expired so will result in the same outcome.


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Shailesh Chandra
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Joined: Aug 13, 2004
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Paul Sturrock wrote:

This wouldn't help. Its still an attempt to submit a form after a session has expired so will result in the same outcome.


This could help up to some extent, a submit after session expire will indeed result in same outcome, but at least their would be something available in drafts be session was expired, and if user is back after session expire user can be notified that their is new 'auto save' post is available in drafts.

Thanks,
Shailesh
Balu Sadhasivam
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Joined: Jan 01, 2009
Posts: 874

Eric Pascarello wrote:Another thing I tend to do

Ctrl-A + Ctrl-C

I know if it fails, I am one Ctrl-V away from posting again.



Eric


Thats Exactly i do !! eventhough Firefox saves my content.
Hong Anderson
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Joined: Jul 05, 2005
Posts: 1936
Firefox never fail me in this regard.


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