Autosaves drive me mad. For some time now when we log in at WP this red message appears above a post/page: “There is an autosave of this post that is more recent than the version below.” Yet it usually is not.
I have just wasted half an hour trying to decipher the differences and still can't be certain which one to select as being the most recent edit.
Beneath the published version it says “Last edited by OTL on June 5, 2012”. The latest autosave is now dated "12 mins ago 10 May 2013" - but I haven’t touched the text on this visit, so how can it be called a "revision"? This only increases confusion when I visit this page in six months’ time and worry whether I made some changes last time and they haven’t been published. As far as I can tell, they have been, and the autosave is a generation BEHIND what is visible on the published page.
The most useless device is to accept the invitation to view both versions side by side - “Compare Revisions of PAGE X” - because you now see two columns of text, the left column in red and at right a colmun in green. But on this screenview there is NO INDICATION which one is the “current” or which is the “autosave” because neither is dated. An invitation says “restore this revision” but WHICH ONE IS "THIS” REVISION??
You must check virtually every line in each column to discover that the green right-hand version *seems* to be the one currently visible to the public, so why is an “autosave” being offered for consideration bearing a later date than the published version and with the message that it is a "later" version so must contain further edits? (In fact, I *think* it actually contains an earlier version of the text.)
All this wastes so much time whenever you revisit a post/page, worrying that your last edit didn't update successfully. Total confusion!
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