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Jul 11, 2006 01:33 AM

Question About Replying - Then Backing Up

Is there a way NOT to lose info when replying to a post if page back is pressed in error?

I was replying to a post - wrote the whole thing out and somehow, the page went backwards to the main board. I paged forward, thinking it would bring me back to the page I was previously at (the one that my reply was written out on) but alas, that was not to be - it was totally gone.

This is quite frustrating. I spent quite some time writing out a recipe for someone who requested it on the Home Cooking Board, only to find I'm going to have to redo it. Blah.

I know other boards don't lose these pages before the message is posted. You page forward and your unposted reply still exists, awaiting you to hit "post".

Is this a possibility here? Did I even explain this correctly?

Thanks guys! Great job otherwise so far!

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  1. I think this is a browser-specic issue, because I tried just that- I started replying to your post, used the page back arrow, then used page-forward arrow and my response was still here.

    1. Ok, maybe it was my laptop at home. I'll try it here at work and see what happens. Thanks!


      1. Hi Laurie,

        I know it may sound like a lot of work, but when I can see that a post is going to be any more that a few lines in length, I have learned to treat is as I would a formal letter or composition. And, as I do in cases of that nature, I open a new document in my word processor and compose the whole piece there. Then, when I am done, I "copy and paste" the contents into the waiting reply field in Chowhound.

        That way, I can work on it at my own leisure -- even taking breaks to surf Chowhound while I do! Or if need be, back up the contents and shut down my computer if I am called away. All while preserving my "post in progress" until it's ready for prime time!

        I hope this helps.


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        1. re: David Ford

          I do something similar- mostly with recipes- but I use my email program instead. Then, when it's finished, I email it to myself and have a nice email folder full of all my recipes (or recipes I've seen elsewhere and want to keep.) One great benefit is being able to use my spell checker.

        2. I either do what Mr. Ford does... Or (weird but true and I can't believe I'm admitting this)if I'm composing directly in the "reply" window and I want to page back or click around for some reason, I highlight the text I've just typed and press the "ctrl" and "C" keys (simulataneously) to "copy" my text into my buffer. Then I click around to my heart's content. Then, when I return to the reply window and am ready to resume, I press the "ctrl" & "v" keys to "drop" the text back into the reply window and resume whatever I was typing.

          The danger of this, of course, is that sometimes I forget I have it in my buffer and try to "ctrl" "C" something else and overwrite it.

          It's not very elegant, but it works for me most of the time.


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          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            This would have worked great for me too. I don't tend to forget that I copied things in this manner. Frankly, I hate working off the laptop - I use it mostly to surf and rarely use it to do anything more other than quick posting. But its convenient because it sits on my cocktail table and it's wireless, you know?

            I can see how I got flumoxed by this. Next time, I'll be a heck of a lot more careful if I'm going through the bother of typing out a recipe for someone. I felt so proud of myself for even remembering to do this when I got home from work - then so disgusted that I didn't even want to attempt doing it again. So, if the women is reading this that wanted that Joy of Cooking quiche lorraine recipe, I apologize and I'll try again tonight :-)


            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              Very resourceful solution, DQ! The epitome of a quick and dirty fix. I must admit, I have been guilty of "buffer loading" for various reasons in the past (just not this one -- yet), and must say that I agree with you *wholeheartedly* with respect to your stated danger. More than a few times have I promised myself "never, EVER again" after writing over some valuable tidbit that I had intended to paste somewhere.