thank you for the response.
the original post was created that way, but it wasn't edited by that; so i hope it wasn't the problem. it was edited in the dashboard. also the revisions i manually saved in the format you says doesn't autosave- are accessible. jsut not the ones i manually saved in the dashboard one.
i wasn't relying upon autosaves but manually clicking the save-draft button every so often, and none of the draft revisions (from the manual clicking) saved; nor did any of the autosaves in that session.
also it gave me notifications saying that the drafts were saving. it explicitly said that the draft was saved. but i can't find it/them anywhere. only draft i can find was from a previous day.
the version before my writing session is there as a draft, and i just checked the trash in case it somehow got there- but it isn't.
after i saved it the last time, i was prompted to relogin, which i did first attempt, so i'd kinda understand if that last revision had been lost due to the server forgetting to pass on the entry revision. i only kinda understand because it shouldn't log one out mid-post. if you sign in and are typing and having 'constant updates' to the draft, it should keep you logged in or accept the login and push the content through when verified; also whether the revision is saved should be something unmistakable. it shouldn't update "version saved" if it isn't saved, and ready to access later.
also this isn't the first time it has happened, and i've been on here for less than a month.
the issue is it saying it saved a draft, and not being able to find the "saved" draft anywhere. i checked through all the things you mentioned. but i wasn't relying on autosaves even, i clicked save-draft, and it said it saved. and now when i go back 95% of my post content is gone. and it isn't like they consolidated the version edits to like a beginning, middle, and end- it is just past a point in time, there is nothing.
a bloging/publishing platform should minimally be able to keep track of explicit/intentional drafts so you don't need an external word processor to make sure you don't lose the majority of your drafted articles. even if it saves duplicate copies in/as cookies.
it is just nearly unthinkable that two times in about two weeks one loses several hours of work, while being told that the drafts/revisions are being saved (both auto and manual); and there is nothing.