Twice, since yesterday, after typing in a loong post (and taking considerable time to compose it), when I clicked "Post Reply", the screen refreshed, presenting me with a blank posting window, and I lost my post. My webmail account warns that this will happen if it takes me longer than 30 minutes to type in an e-mail, and suggests using a separate text editor to compose. So I understand that this can happen. I just wonder if anything can be done? By the way, today, I spent perhaps 15 minutes composing my post, due to doing a little research to make sure I got it right!
I have noticed this as well and have found one thing that might be the cause. It seems that if I'm preparing a post in a thread and someone else has placed a reply in the same thread before I do, mine disappears.
Lately, if I feel a diatribe coming on I've gotten into the habit of copying my post to my clipboard before hitting the Post Reply button. That way if I get blown out, I can just select to post again and paste my text back.
LOL...it depends. But I try not to 'rant' too much here in keeping with the professional tone of the site.
And this is off-topic (since when did that ever stop me ) but I haven't ever come across such a great, free resource which has so many helpful and professional people supporting it. I'm sure we've all seen the posts about "I have a friend supporting XYZ database and he was wondering if there are any sites out there like this one". And the answer AFAIK is simply no. It never ceases to amaze me how helpful people are here, how you usually get a quick answer to your questions and how hardly ever a cross word is spoken. It's a real tribute to SQLServer.com and its founders that they've been able to keep it this way.
As a matter of fact, I copied the post that started this thread into my clipboard before posting it!
Copying your post locally, or even composing it with an editor, is the best solution. There is very little that the site can do if there is a problem with your session, or something locally.