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Why do my images disappear when I hit 'save draft'?

  1. aplaceforwriters
    Member

    So ... now what do I do?

    How do I turn on the add-ons again (including the ability to make things big enough for me to SEE them)? That entry in the Help pulldown is not a toggle - it still says the same thing.

    Which add-on is it? How do I figure that out?

  2. aplaceforwriters
    Member

    Well, it's bedtime for me.

    I'll check back when I get up to see if the answers to my questions are here.

    How could this have happened if I haven't added add-ons in months?

    How do I get my add-ons to work again? 'Restart with add-ons disabled...' is not a toggle, so how do I turn them back on?

    How do I figure out which add-on is doing this?

    Why did you disappear when you did?

    Julie

  3. the pics are there ... so, it's an add-on

    Hi Julie, I'm glad we've narrowed that down. Thanks for trying Firefox in Safe Mode. :-)

    How do I turn on the add-ons again (including the ability to make things big enough for me to SEE them)?

    You can quit Firefox completely, then open Firefox again and it'll start in regular mode.

    Which add-on is it? How do I figure that out?

    1. After you've quit and reopened Firefox, go to Tools -> Add-ons.
    2. Disable all add-ons.
    3. While viewing the Edit Post screen in your dashboard in one browser tab, and the Add-ons Manager in another tab, enable one add-on at a time, making sure to refresh your Edit Post screen between enabling add-ons.

    How could this have happened if I haven't added add-ons in months?

    I'm not sure. Perhaps the developer of one of the add-ons installed in your browser introduced a feature or bug fix that changed how (if) images are displayed in WordPress.com.

    Why did you disappear when you did?

    To eat dinner and spend time with my wife. :-)

  4. aplaceforwriters
    Member

    Hi again,

    First, thanks for all your help. I really do appreciate it.

    Second, 'gotcha' on narrowing down the exact add-on. I'm really busy so what I may have to do is disable the whole bit again like we did last night and do the post (I haven't touched anything since last night. I didn't dare. So, it's now 3 PM here, and I have to get this post done sooner rather than later.

    I may have time to do the narrowing down of the add-ons tomorrow. For the moment, I'll leave the issue open, pending getting through that without a self-destruct happening. You never know when I'm involved.

    And, I apologize for the 'disappearing' comment. It's just that the timing was bad. Suddenly, we have a solution and suddenly you're gone - sorta like, 'OK, that one's fixed. Next?' I should have known, and I'm sorry, really.

    So, I've got a post to finish for tomorrow.

    Again, thanks for your help. I never in a million years would have guessed a Firefox add-on would be the culprit, esp. since I haven't added any in ages!

    Have a good one.

    Julie

  5. You're welcome, Julie!

    Please let me know if you're able to find the Firefox add-on that's causing the issue by replying to this forum thread since it might help others in the future.

    I may have to [...] disable the whole bit again like we did last night

    Another alternative is to disable the add-ons that you can live without (for now). Otherwise, you can just disable all add-ons while using Firefox in regular mode (instead of using Firefox in Safe Mode).

    I apologize for the 'disappearing' comment. [...] I should have known

    No apologies are necessary. :-)

    Cheers!

  6. aplaceforwriters
    Member

    Interesting ...
    Here's what I did -
    I set up an add-ons tab next to the tab with the WP Edit screen, which had the post that had been so problematic on the screen. At the time, no pics were showing, nor was space allotted for them, but 4 pictures were in place (and published with the post).
    Starting at the top of the list of add-ons, I disabled one, then switched and refreshed the Edit Screen. If there was no change, I went back and enabled that add-on. When I'd done a screen of add-ons in that manner, I restarted Firefox. I did 24 add-ons in this manner.
    When I got to Firefox's Personas 1.6.2, the pictures appeared when I refreshed. I was surprised, needless to say.
    Then, I tried everything to reproduce the situation, but now, the pictures are 'stuck' there, in place and visible. Because the post is published, clicking on 'save draft' isn't an option, but, last night, when I clicked 'publish' to schedule the post, the pictures went away (as they'd done with 'save draft' before) and didn't publish, so I did the 'restart with add-ons disabled' trick and re-scheduled the post.
    When I clicked 'publish' again, the pictures held.
    So, disabling Personas put the pictures on the screen. Logically, enabling Personas again should have taken the pictures out but it didn't. They now won't go away - I clicked on 'update' several times (which made the pics go away last night), and I even restarted the computer! I can't check the rest of my add-ons because now I can't make the pictures go away!
    My results, therefore, are inconclusive, especially since I have a WP.org sharing Firefox that never displayed the same problem as this WP.com site.

  7. Thanks for following up here. The combination of enabled add-ons might have caused the inconsistency, but it's tough to say.

    When writing your next post at WordPress.com, can you try disabling all Firefox add-ons (except for Personas Plus) to see if you get the same result with adding images and having them displayed in the Visual editor of the Edit Post screen?

    If you're interested, you can copy the text of the post you've just published into a new post draft. With the Add Media button, you can insert the images that you've already uploaded from the Media Library tab. (In other words, you don't need to reupload the images.)

  8. aplaceforwriters
    Member

    Well, if I ever do another post on that site ... the post that went up today is the last one, as far as I know. I've moved to a .org site.

    I never reloaded pics, except in one circumstance. I used pics conservatively, so I've only got 23 pages of pics in storage on the .com site. I had to reload the 'blog' pic I used on almost every post several times because it got lost in the pages of pics and was really hard to find, so I reloaded it to bring it up front.

    FYI: It would be so great to be able to alphabetize the pics to find them easier.
    It would also be great to be able to move the pic on the edit screen rather than having to kill it and reload it in a another space. Sometimes you forget to click on the proper one of the left-center-right buttons and the pic shows up in the wrong place. Now, you have to kill it and reload it cuz it won't move.
    Just a couple of ideas for your designers. I'm a retired typesetter/print shop owner (and proficient in Adobe InDesign, among other programs) so you can imagine how limited this system is to me.

  9. Thanks for your helpful feedback. If you have any other ideas for WordPress.com, please feel free to post your suggestions in the Ideas forum:

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/forum/ideas

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