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Really annoying posting bug

  1. Has anyone else experienced a problem when posting where, after finishing editing and clicking on publish, you are redirected to /post.php (when you should see new-post.php?published=true)with a blank editor and no record of your post?

    This has happened to me about 5 times over the last month, and it's _extremely_ frustrating. Each post has been relatively long (too long to recreate from memory).

    Just curious if it's on my end.

  2. nope i haven't any problems with posting, but unlike you i always type my posts offlne before publishing online. maybe you should adopt the same step even though you have saved a draft in wp, that way you know you won't waste all those hours typing and thinking. but i think you should send feedback if you prefer your way and it still occurs.

  3. I write almost all of my posts online, but I save quite frequently, to avoid losing anything.

    Maybe we can have an auto-save function?

  4. I'm smiling because like sulz I compose off line. However, no sooner have I posted than I always notice something I want to adjust so after cutting and pasting I follow vivian's example. I become an automatic save and continue button pusher until I'm absolutely satisfied and then I publish.

  5. I think an auto save function would be well worth the time investment. Gmail implemented this and it was the one addition that made me comfortable switching from a desktop client.

  6. Yes - I've had this exact problem quite a lot (although it hasn't happened for a few days now). It just goes to a white page and the post hasn't saved.

    I'm getting in the habit of copying my source code before clicking Publish, just in case it goes wrong.

  7. Haven't had that bug. The bug that I've experienced though, is that after I click publish to publish a post, sometimes a download dialog opens up, trying to download the .php file. Kind of wierd, huh? Has anyone else seen this?

    It doesn't happen all of the time, just sometimes.

  8. Yes - I've had this exact problem quite a lot (although it hasn't happened for a few days now). It just goes to a white page and the post hasn't saved.

    Good, it's not just me.

  9. But not one of you mention what browser and/ or version you are using. ;)

  10. I use Camino and Firefox. I doubt this is a browser problem though, because, upon submit, WP.com redirects to the wrong page, which isn't controlled by browser behavior.

  11. I use a firefox browser latest version and the same thing has happened to me on numerous occasions over the course of the last 5 weeks. As I compose off line and automatically save frequently this has not had a major negative effect on my blogging but it has been very annoying. I click save and get a blank white page. I click on "go" on my browser page and get my post back but anything I've written between the last "save and continue editing" has to be typed in again. I have noticed the same thing happening after I have uploaded an image and sent it to the editor I click save or publish and zoom the screen turns white. Here we go again.I click on "go" on my browser page and get my post back but the image has to be uploaded and sent to the editor again.

  12. The common consensus seems to be "post offline, save frequently." That's good advice, but it feels like settling to me.

  13. Okay then why not boot the whole thread up by using "feedback"?

  14. i'm having the same problem too! last few days. At one point i couldnt even get to feedback from the page. i have managed to send it now and i hope the problem gets sorted out soon. i think while i type and it's very difficult to recreate once the post is "lost" and when there are several images involved, tiresome too.

    i've had this problem on both Safari and Firefox. Initially i thought that maybe it was because of my browsers. Now i see that it isnt.

  15. I have just sent in feedback too as it happened to me again.

  16. Argh, that happened to me too! So so often. And if you press the "Back" button, it's all lost - categories even. (Firefox 1.5.0.3)

    In most places if you press the Back Button it retains any info in forms; why not WP?

  17. This really annoying posting bug is back. Try to upload a thumbnail image from my computer and "the connection to the server was reset while the page was uploading " blah blah ...
    tonight is a bad night for image uploading it's really *(cough)* annoying me.

  18. Is it implemented in wp.com?

  19. "This plugin will most likely be extended in the future to provide AJAX auto save support."

    this plugin is bundled with TMCE into MU core, not sure whether it actually 'gives the user a warning'...

    basically, AJAX autosave may be implemented much the same way as a current spell checking plugin.

  20. Of course, without a date on the document, it's impossible to know when the future is relative to now.

  21. judging by the plugin source code, the future is yet to come.

  22. Fair enough ;)

  23. Until the future "arrives" it appears we are doomed to history repeating itself, again, and again, and again , and again, and ...

    Isn't it interesting that given the same situation generaldisarray can respond with "fair enough", while I hear the phrase it's *NOT* Fair reverberating between my ears again, and again, and again, and again, and ...

    [just a little comic relief] :) lol

  24. I have the same posting problem (pressing Publish and ending up with a blank screen and a lost post). For a while now I've been opening up the html editor and copying all the code to my clipboard (just highlight the text and press ctrl + C).

    I love WP, but this is time consuming and frustrating. I submitted a feedback about this about two weeks ago, but I never heard anything and the problem persists. Some of you say it's only happened a handful of times over the past month but it happens about once every three posts for me. Maybe this is because I post everyday, so I experience it more frequently?

    When it happens I have to start over. Fortunately most times I can paste the copied code into the HTML editor and get one with it. Unfortunately I'm getting really tired of nearly finishing and being almost done only to try publishing and aving it fail, which means I must spend several more minutes repeating work I've already completed.

    I use primarily use Firefox but this happens with any of the browsers I've tried. I have noticed that the longer it takes me to compose a post, say if it's a lengthy entry or I have to step away from the computer for a few minutes, the more likely it is that the post won't publish properly.

    Does anyone have a simple software program they recommend for composing posts offline? I know Notepad can be used but I'm hoping there is something better available to help someone like me who knows very basic HTML.

  25. There are a couple of programs that might work.

    Plain text/HTML editors:

    * For OS X, there's TextWrangler, Taco HTML edit or Smultron, all free text editors with features for typing raw HTML.
    * For Windows, Crimson Editor, Notepad++, HTML Kit and First Page fullfill the same function (the last two are web-development specific)
    * Nvu is a cross-platform wysiwyg html editor. You could compose in Nvu then copy the source into the html view, though the html produced by Nvu may not all be allowed by WordPress.com

    Blog editors - There are also a number of applications designed specifically for blogging, allowing you to create, edit and manage posts offline.
    * Windows: w.Bloggar and Blogjet work with WordPress and WordPress.com powered blogs. Both are free.
    * Cross platform: Bleezer and Qumana are free, cross-platform (Win and OS X, at least) desktop blogging clients
    * Firefox extensons: Deepest sender and the Performancing for Firefox extension both work with WordPress.com, although I've had some problems with line breaks in DS
    * Mac. I'm not aware of any free, OS X-native blog editors (I think that both Bleezer and Qumana use Java, which can be kind of slow), but there are two relatively inexpensive commercial desktop editors: MarsEdit and ecto. ecto is wysiwyg, though it is occasionally buggy (a new version is in the works).

    None of these applications are a perfect solution, and an autosave feature would be invaluable, but hopefully they at least give you some ideas. Just Google the names, I was too lazy to type in the links.

  26. For the most part you don't need to use HTML at all.

    If you write your post just as you normally would, before you save or publish the post just copy the text and paste it into notepad.

    That way if it does fail you can just copy and paste it back again.

    This is obviously easier if you don't use TinyMCE as the editor will show all the code for formatting and images etc.

    There's a composer called Performancing for Firefox, but I don't know if that will do exactly what you want it to.

    Collin

  27. BlogJet is a commercial app.

    Zoundry Blog Writer and a Post2Blog Express edition both can be downloaded and used for free.

  28. View... has said
    "I love WP, but this is time consuming and frustrating. I submitted a feedback about this about two weeks ago, but I never heard anything and the problem persists. Some of you say it's only happened a handful of times over the past month but it happens about once every three posts for me. Maybe this is because I post everyday, so I experience it more frequently?"

    Well I also post frequently. I do write off line and thus do have the text so I can paste it in again but this is tremendously annoying. It happens very frequently sometimes more often to me than view has reported, and to establish just how frequently I'm going to begin keeping a detailed list (date and time) of the number of times I click to publish or click to save and end up looking at a blank screen. What I can say is that I live in a -7 hours GMT timezone and it's usually during the evening hours that this happens to me.

  29. what's needed is a firefox extention that autosaves all text in all textareas....
    I don't see why we're still telling our computers what to save instead of what to discard, by this time we should be doing the latter rather than the former.

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