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Old 10-02-2013, 01:54 PM   #16
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If you're saying that they make you loose your entry on purpose then I think we live on different levels of expectations of what's a bug and what's a feature.
What I'm saying is simply that if you don't click the "Keep me logged in" button, most forum platforms will log you out automatically after a certain time of perceived inactivity. That inactivity often includes time spent writing posts because no links are clicked or pages refreshed, as the forum software does not necessarily register the typing that takes place in the text box.

If you are logged out for that reason you will often lose the text you were working on.
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Old 10-02-2013, 02:23 PM   #17
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There are a few sites where this happens more often than others, but it's never happened here at MobileRead for me. But if you use Firefox, try the addon Lazarus. Even if your browser crashes, you can recover all your text you typed but didn't submit through a right click menu with Lazarus. It's great, I've been using it for years.

I don't think there's anything wrong with any forum software. Some sites just log you out more often for safety reasons.
It does happen at MR, but you need to leave it a REALLY long time (several hours) between clicking the "Reply" button and subsequently clicking "Post". If you find that you've inadvertently left that masterpiece unposted, just do a Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C to select and copy your post, and then re-post it when you get the error.

There's nothing we (the admin team) can do about it - it's simply the way the forum software works. The best solution is "don't do it".
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:49 PM   #18
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It does happen at MR, but you need to leave it a REALLY long time (several hours) between clicking the "Reply" button and subsequently clicking "Post".
I went to sleep. I never clicked reply however. I just scrolled down, *then* clicked reply, and typed my post.

Considering that the software behaves as if it should be possible to repost, I'm saying it's a bug. Their intention is clear. Maybe an upgrade will solve the issue. I read that you're working on one?
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:22 PM   #19
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Saying it's a bug doesn't actually make it one. If that was how things worked, I'd be a billionaire living on my privately owned island in the vicinity of Tonga.

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Old 10-02-2013, 05:25 PM   #20
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Saying it's a bug doesn't actually make it one.
Would you stop already? If there's documented behavior saying the software is supposed to behave a certain way, and there's expected behavior that it's supposed to behave a certain way, and the software doesn't behave that way, it's a bug. OK?

"A software bug is an error, flaw, failure, or fault in a computer program or system that produces an incorrect or unexpected result, or causes it to behave in unintended ways." -- wikipedia
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:28 PM   #21
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... makes you loose the post.
You lose as you have a loose grasp on the use of loose

Sorry about your lost post.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:07 PM   #22
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"A software bug is an error, flaw, failure, or fault in a computer program or system that produces an incorrect or unexpected result, or causes it to behave in unintended ways." -- wikipedia
And it's very possible that the software is working as it was intended. Calling something a bug because of extreme examples doesn't make it one.

I spent 15 years as a software evaluator. I got real good at crashing programs. I also learned that pushing 15 keys at the same time causing a crash wasn't a bug.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:09 PM   #23
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And it's very possible that the software is working as it was intended. Calling something a bug because of extreme examples doesn't make it one.

I spent 15 years as a software evaluator. I got real good at crashing programs. I also learned that pushing 15 keys at the same time causing a crash wasn't a bug.
The message said, hit the back button, and repost. There was nothing to repost.

I URGE you to reproduce it for yourself, and then tell me it's not a bug.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:32 PM   #24
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Sorry. Not willing to display the page for 8 hours. Extreme example. Software engineer says "Not A Bug". "Doctor it hurts when I do this." "Don't do that."
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:47 PM   #25
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Sorry. Not willing to display the page for 8 hours. Extreme example. Software engineer says "Not A Bug". "Doctor it hurts when I do this." "Don't do that."
Not saying you sit there and actually display the page. Put the computer to sleep. You can resume as if you hadn't left, the browser won't refresh. You'd know this if you worked with computers I'd think.
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:15 PM   #26
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Shrugs... My suggestion is that you get a hold of the folks at vBulletin (the software providers) and give them your concerns. In the meantime, don't wait 8 hours to post a reply.
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Old 10-03-2013, 03:26 AM   #27
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Considering that the software behaves as if it should be possible to repost, I'm saying it's a bug.
Let's call it a usability issue. In some relatively likely situation the user is presented with an interface that does not work as "advertised" (the quick reply box). One possible "fix" would be to have some timeout for the reply box that's not longer than the "log out" timeout. But that's not a robust solution, and I doubt one can be found, since it's a matter of server and client doing the same thing without communication...

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The message said, hit the back button, and repost. There was nothing to repost.
In this context, "repost" implies "rewrite".
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It's been awhile, but fwiw, when our members avoided the use of the quick reply form, going back usually displayed their drafts OK, even if they got logged off or had any problems submitting.

I still avoid quick reply except for short, offhand comments.
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:30 PM   #29
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I've had the frequent experience of typing a post, and *immediately* thereafter I click "submit" and the LogIn dialog comes up telling me that I'm not logged in. When I log in at that dialog, sometimes my post is lost, sometimes it isn't. Now I always "select all, copy" before I submit. I've had to paste my post back in many times.

Meh, it's a minor thing, and easy to get the habit of copying the post. (of course, attachments have to be uploaded again, which is a bit of a pain.)
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I've had the frequent experience of typing a post, and *immediately* thereafter I click "submit" and the LogIn dialog comes up telling me that I'm not logged in. When I log in at that dialog, sometimes my post is lost, sometimes it isn't. Now I always "select all, copy" before I submit. I've had to paste my post back in many times.

Meh, it's a minor thing, and easy to get the habit of copying the post. (of course, attachments have to be uploaded again, which is a bit of a pain.)
Check the "Remember Me" box at login. That will stop this from happening.
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