post without notification that others just posted

I just wrote a sketch for a person, good half hour of descriptions, etc,

posted, but it was prevented from being poster because someone else posted.

how stupid is that !

my post gets trashed because someone else posted.

that is just wrong.

What do you mean with trashed?

Normally if you press post again, it will do so...?

Normally if you press post again, it will do so...?

Not if you assume that the post will go through and hit the back button.

That feature annoys the hell out of me, too. But, the forum administrators are busy dealing with trivial shit like redesigning the code icon, and can't be bothered fixing the real issues.

real is in the eye of the beholder isn't it?

I learned long ago that the back button is dangerous on many websites, not only this forum...

@dave-in-nj:

Did you try to see if you have a draft saved ? There's a "Save Draft" button, but while typing a reply i see a remark that drafts are saved in regular intervals. I don't think this works perfectly, but you might be in luck here.

The drafts that are saved can be found under your profile. Click your avatar in the top bar, then click the pencil icon next to "Forum Settings" (you can also click your avatar if it is available on the left hand side to some earlier reply of yours, this gets you to the same place) now click "Show Drafts". I had that page with drafts open while typing this reply, to point you to its location, and did see just now that it has updated with a draft of this reply.

I'm not sure if there's a difference in how this works. Perhaps clicking the button yourself permanently saves a draft and not clicking the button creates some volatile save.

I know all about the annoyance of typing a neat and meticulously prepared reply, and then loosing it by some forum glitch or some accidental pressing of a ctrl key combination. So perhaps this is of help to you.

I have mixed feelings about this feature.

There have been many occasions where what I was about to say was already said by someone else so it made sense to abandon my post rather than clutter the Thread with repetition.

Much less frequently the OP supplies some key information at the last minute - which necessitates a re-write.

I have also suffered from losing Posts because I forgot to watch to see if they were accepted by the Forum.

I have learned to take a copy of a long post before I press send - because it can fail for reasons that have nothing to do with other Posts coming in.

Sometimes I compose long Posts in my text editor and then paste them into the Forum.

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There have been many occasions where what I was about to say was already said by someone else so it made sense to abandon my post rather than clutter the Thread with repetition.

I don't see a problem with repetition. Two different people rarely say exactly the same thing in exactly the same way. Sometimes what one person says resonates with the person it is addressed to, while the same message, phrased a bit differently does not. The two people writing the responses could see that the content is basically the same, but have no way of knowing which will resonate and which won't.

It seems like a useless feature added just because it could be.

PaulS:
Two different people rarely say exactly the same thing in exactly the same way. Sometimes what one person says resonates with the person it is addressed to, while the same message, phrased a bit differently does not.

There is a great deal of sense in that.

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PaulS:
Not if you assume that the post will go through and hit the back button.

And you would do that why? :astonished:

And you would do that why?

Because 99.9% of the time the post DOES go through.

PaulS: Because 99.9% of the time the post DOES go through.

Given your post count, I simply cannot believe you could possibly be serious in asserting that! :astonished:

Paul__B: Given your post count, I simply cannot believe you could possibly be serious in asserting that! :astonished:

Why? What ARE the odds that two people will be reading and replying to the same thread at the same time?

In general, pretty low.

I'd say pretty high - happens to me all the time.

I come across it frequently also. I'd say at least once per day. And it never happens with trivial posts :)

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PaulS: Because 99.9% of the time the post DOES go through.

I read the forum on Saturday with my coffee. lost one post last week. lost one today. for me, that is getting much closer to 80% of the time.

my point is that WE are supposed to be the smartest people in the room. WE do software, and WE have entire systems crash and burn because the input goes high when we thought it should go low.

WE know how to fix things in code.

WE should have the ability to make decisions that are the greatest good for the greatest number of people.

in the event of a double post, you have ( and a huge THANK YOU to the designers) the ability to go back and edit your posts. a simple mistake in spelling, easy to fix now. if your post is duplicate, you can edit. if your post is wrong because of more information, you can fix it.

if your post is lost, you have two choices. do something else, let your help for the forum get wasted, or double your time and re-write your post. last week I took the time to re-write the post. today, I just moved on.

my personal point of view is that yes, you can walk on glass because doctors can use stitches and bandages. yes there are solutions to problems that are around us. but WHY leave the pot-hole there ??

but WHY leave the pot-hole there ??

Because there are more important things to do, like re-designing and moving the icons around.

PaulS: Because there are more important things to do, like re-designing and moving the icons around.

yup I noticed karma is back.

And glow is now prohibited.

I was replying to a different point - the matter of a post being lost for no reason when you hit the final "Post" button after preview. This is frequently recoverable from a draft or by going "back" to the preview and telling the browser to re-submit the details.

I cannot on account of that risk, believe anyone with experience of this forum would not actually wait for the thread to load and see that what they attempted to post, appeared in the final form.

dave-in-nj: I just wrote a sketch for a person, good half hour of descriptions, etc,

posted, but it was prevented from being poster because someone else posted.

how stupid is that !

my post gets trashed because someone else posted.

that is just wrong.

Are you sure it got trashed? Normally you just hit Post again, once you check that what you are saying still makes sense.