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How recover hours of lost edits

  1. Lost hours of work and saves - can't find them - how recover prior lost edits?

    See no place at bottom of Dashboard screen to bring up revisions.

  2. Hi,

    So revisions are down at the bottom of the "edit" view for a post. Using this page as an example:

    https://firstaerosquadron.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=549&action=edit

    Here is a screenshot showing 3 different revisions:

    http://snag.gy/O1ILL.jpg

    Let me know if that helps.

  3. On 6/17/2013 3:59 PM, WordPress.com Support Forums wrote:

    [From: WordPress.com Support Forums <[email redacted]>]

    Thanks Rootjosh.

    Really appreciate the quick response, but am still lost.

    I clicked on your first link < https://firstaerosquadron.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=549&action=edit >, but saw none of
    the saves you show in your next link < http://snag.gy/O1ILL.jpg > .

    You make it sound simple, and the screenshot certainly makes it appear so, but I don't see anything at all resembling your screenshot
    on the first link "Post" you gave me. Nothing at all.

    I must be missing some sort of button to employ in order to turn on the feature about the saves ("Revisions").

    Just can't find this anywhere, especially not on the page ("Links") where I've been working - and where I had the inexplicable sudden loss.

    Also, again, I was doing all the work (now over 14 hours of it) on the page entitled "Links," not on the "Edit Post" page.

    That ("Links") is the only place (page) on which I've been doing any site work - - - since 3 June, in fact.

    But I see no place on the page ("Links") on which I've been working that even vaguely resembles those "snag" illustrations.
    Nor do I detect any place there might be some sort of "on-off" button to make this "Revision" item even appear.

    Again, Rootjosh, that's the only page (Links) where I've had this disaster take place (at least it's the only one of which I'm
    aware!).

    All of a sudden, all my work for the past four or so hours yesterday simply disappeared, but my looking thru the forums
    gave me the sensible idea that there was some sort of log of past saves somewhere on the site's "Dashboard." Something
    like your "snag" view up above, but, even though you gave me that sample screenshot - I can't replicate it on the site - not at all.

    BTW, I subscribed for your "Premium" package, if that makes any difference.

    So, alas, if there is, or was, such a "Revision" list showing, I still, even with your kind help, am coming up empty handed.

    I spent quite a few hours today, not knowing where those previous saves might be, reconstructing from only my memory, many of the
    website links that were lost - along with the categories I'd assigned to their placement on the page.

    I'm new to this, a really genuine wet-behind-the-ears newbie, and stand completely confused - - - and distraught.

    Appreciate your help, even though I'm still missing something in your instructions.

    Thanks again,

    ric
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  4. Howdy,

    So the trick is that you have to have "revisions" enabled in the "screen options" menu:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/screen-options/

    I have enabled revisions for you. So you should be able to see your old versions now.

  5. Thanks again, Rootjosh.

    But I'm still stuck on square one.

    I had found that tab (Screen Options) and clicked it before, but found nothing in the page it opens in Dashboard to display any "Revisions."

    In fact, even though you said you "enabled revisions," I'm still lost, since I don't even find the word anywhere on that page. I do see a field labeled "Recent Drafts," but that's misleading, since the only draft it shows is the one I did way back on June 3!

    NOTHING for the many "drafts" I worked on (and lost) yesterday - Zero, Nada.

    I'll surely look stupid when I finally see the word "revisions," but at this juncture I'm completely confused and lost - simply don't see the word anywhere, let alone any real-time revisions from yesterday's marathon session. I must have arranged at least 80+ new links and their definitions, saved each one (clicked the "Update" button to the right side of the Dashboard), then went online to see the finished results, and all usually looked just right - - - or if it didn't, then I'd go back and make the correction so it would then appear properly.

    In any event, I'm still in a fog on this issue of what happened to the many new changes I made to the "Links" page that were suddenly lost.

    I even did a digital search of the whole Dashboard page for that term, "revisions," but still no luck.

    Thanks again. Not too sure I'm getting my issues across on this matter, but really appreciate your attempt to get me back on track.

    ric (fasfric)

  6. Hi,

    First off, I promise you that the revisions are there. Here's a screenshot:

    http://snag.gy/GB8U9.jpg

    Regarding the "Screen Options". There are different screen options for different parts of your Dashboard, since not all areas of the dashboard would have (for example) revisions to show. So, you need to click the "Screen Options" tab when you are on the edit page for the "Links" page.

    -Log into WordPress.com if you are not already. -Go to your site. -Click on "Links" -Scroll to the bottom and click "edit" -Then click on "Screen Options" and check the "revisions" box.

    Let me know if that works for you.

  7. BINGO!

    Rootjosh, you struck a home run with that advice. Thanks a million.

    I went, as you suggested, to that specific "Links" page, and clicked on the "Revisions" selection, and, voila, there they were.

    Unfortunately (for me, a non HTML techie) it only saved the last day's worth of edits and they were all in markup code. But I think I can wade thru the code and see the items I missed, which is a major breakthrough, believe me. Had I known this the day it happened, I'd be home free, only needing to find the last good save, and then click it back into life.

    Now I know what to do next time. Meantime, hope this session might be of help to someone else, too.
    Think it's worth it to set the revisions option whenever doing extensive work on a page, or does WordPress automatically always keep the revisions in log order, and the selection of the option's check box just reveals them to view?

    Thanks again, Rootjosh

    fasfric (ric)

  8. Hi,

    Unfortunately (for me, a non HTML techie) it only saved the last day's worth of edits and they were all in markup code.

    Are you sure that you aren't just viewing the "text" version rather than the "visual" version? Try clicking the "visual" tab as shown in the first screengrab here:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/visual-editor/

    does WordPress automatically always keep the revisions in log order, and the selection of the option's check box just reveals them to view?

    Yes.

  9. Rootjosh,

    Actually, when there, thanks to you, I saw just the HTML code, so looked for the tab to give me the layman's "visual" view of those revisions, but, no luck. Couldn't find it then - - - and can't find any tab now. I did go back to the original editing page for that "Links" workup, and found the "visual" tab OK, and clicked it up for the "visual" view, but as soon as I went back into one of the revisions, the screen automatically reverts to only the "Text" view of the code - and sans that convenient option "tab."

    I'd seriously suggest that the WordPress team work that feature into the past revisions listings (option of which to view, either "Visual" or "Text" with a tab), just as it is in the regular editing part of the Dashboard. Otherwise, for those of us who were drawn to WordPress by its simple and non-techie user interface, are stumped - if they need to recover a previous "revision" edit they did, such as in my case. Right now I might as well be called upon to read some text in Greek, which I don't happen to know anything about . . . really almost impossible for me to make any sense of that previous revision list, as a consequence.

    As a result, I am still stumped. Just don't know what I'm looking at, since it bears no resemblance to the actual finished "visual" page listing our "Links."

    Since I spent at least another four hours, yesterday, reconstructing from rote memory the links I'd collected and inserted - and lost, all I don't need to do is experiment with some of those revisions in your log, and end up losing what I just did yesterday. Another fiasco on top of the first one, if you see what I mean.

    Thanks again, and for answering the question about whether or not the editor/dashboard mechanism keeps previous revisions anyway . . . that's neat that it does.

    Cheers,

    FASFric (ric)

  10. Happy to help.

    Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you. Otherwise, thanks for using WordPress.com!

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