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ARG! Lost another long comment I was writing!!

  1. Please, please, please, can you do something to make it harder to page out of a comment being written in the Comments section of the Admin pages? I just lost another comment I was writing because I accidentally bumped some key on my keyboard. This happens from time to time and it's tragic -- usually happens after I've already written a paragraph or three.

    One expects a warning of some kind: Do you really want to leave this page? No, No, I didn't! Thanks for preventing that!

    It happens in other entry forms, even on WP... why is the Comments section so unaware that you are in the midst of writing a comment?

    The blog I need help with is

  2. Why not compose longer comments on a word processor, then copy and paste into the comment field?

  3. musicdoc1 suggested exactly what I do. I am visually challenged and I have learning disabilities. I make errors on the first draft of any comment I compose and I need to clean it up before putting it into a comment box and clicking submit. The added benefit of this approach is that I have a copy of comments on my own computer that I can save or delete at will.

  4. I do tend to compose externally when posting on other blogs, but when replying to my own guests, I like having the tools for linking and formatting. If I go particularly long, and I remember, I'll use an external editor even there, but I'm frustrated by two- or three-paragraph replies where I bump a key and lose what I've written.

    The thing is, you're violating the "principle of least surprise" here -- a common expectation is for any entry form to be aware of input and check with you before discarding it.

    I believe WP acts that way in other forms. Is there a technical reason why it can't be implemented there?

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  7. You're welcome. :)

  8. I've passed on the suggestion for a warning when you have a comment partially written, but I'm trying to test and make sure there isn't a bug here as well.

    I haven't been able to get the editor to do anything but edit my comment so far, so any info about the issue you're having would be appreciated! Do you by any change know what keys you're hitting that making the page change? Or where do you end up when this happens? Is it a 'delete' conflict where you end up hitting the browsers back button with the keyboard? Or something else?

  9. Thanks for your reply!

    The Escape key, for sure, will silently vanish a comment. Mine is on the upper left, and I've bumped it a few times reaching for something next to the keyboard.

    My keyboard has "Back" for "Forward" keys next to the cursor keys, and I think I've hit the Back key accidentally while moving the cursor. (I'm old and my movements aren't always 100% reliable.)

    I've also been surprised a few times when I double-clicked a word to copy-paste from the comment I'm answering. That double-click seems to be bound to the "Edit Comment" function, so my comment silently vanishes and I'm in edit mode on that comment. Maybe that's not the best binding for a double-click.

    I'm not sure what you mean by a 'delete conflict.'

    I don't perceive any of this as a bug, per se, but as non-ideal behavior. I'd expect an edit window to trap on any attempt to leave the comment (other than the Cancel button) and check with the user to see if they really want to lose their text.

    Thanks again for looking into this!

  10. Most browsers will make this kind of warning if you set them to do so. My Firefox warns me when I have a half-finished comment, for instance.

  11. @raincoaster: What is that setting in Firefox? Where do I find it?

  12. Thanks for those details! I haven't had any trouble doing the things you've described. But I'm also on a Mac, so that could be the difference.

    As far as I know, we don't have any sort of 'double click to edit' functionality here on So I'm not sure how you're experiencing that.

    It does sound like most of this would be fixed by an alert on the page, so I'll add a follow up on that suggestion. :)

  13. Thank you very much!

    Are you saying that if you're writing a comment and press the [Esc] button, this does not have the same effect as clicking [Cancel]? (Or is is that Mac's don't even have an Escape key? I've never really used one, so I have no clue. :) )

    When I go to the Dashboard's Comments section (wp-admin/edit-comments.php) and double-click on the text of any comment, that puts me into the same edit-comment mode as clicking the Quick Edit link. (I suppose that could be only true for PC-based browsers. [shrug])

    Thanks, again!

  14. When I go to the Dashboard's Comments section (wp-admin/edit-comments.php) and double-click on the text of any comment, that puts me into the same edit-comment mode as clicking the Quick Edit link. (I suppose that could be only true for PC-based browsers. [shrug])

    Ah ha! Sorry, I was testing on the front of the site. I do see what you mean now in both cases. This is a feature of core WordPress actually. I've updated my suggestion for the developers to clarify what I had posted before, but you may want to post over in the forums about suggesting that this functionality change.

  15. Done! Thanks!!

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