why doesn't "save draft" work?

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    so i write a bit of a blog, then i press save draft once, and all is fine. i can close the window. and re edit it a seccond time. but the seccond time i edit it, i can’t save a new draft the button for saving a draft is still there but if anything goes wrong it reverts to the seccond draft, not even one saved during this session.

    why doesn’t ‘save draft’ work? alternatively is there a way to go through drafts/revisions/versions of the entry?

    The blog I need help with is shmucksreadfree.wordpress.com.



    Hi there,
    I’m sorry to say that the likelihood you can retrieve the posts is zero if you created it here http://wordpress.com/#!/post/

    If and only if a missing post was created on the dashboard of your own blog at Dashboard > Posts > All Posts > Add New then you can recover a lost post or page from revisions if needs be. See here > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/03/21/wordpress-recovering-a-lost-blog-post-or-page/

    But if it was created here http://wordpress.com/#!/post/ there is no means of recovery as the auto-save is not functioning there.

    Always create your posts on the dashboard of your own blog at
    Dashboard > Posts > All Posts > Add New
    The auto-save works there and the post will be Standard post format unless you change it.

    Do not create posts here > http://wordpress.com/#!/post/ where the auto-save is not working and where you are creating an Aside post format.



    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.



    You don’t have to tell us that this is a big problem. We, the volunteers in the forum, have been dealing with reports of it for weeks and were the first to identify the cause of the Missing Post issue. We have made staff aware, but they have decided for whatever reason not to take the New Post button offline. There is nothing we can do about that except not to use it and caution others not to use it.

    I now recommend NEVER using the New Post button under any circumstances.

    I also recommend if you do long posts to use an offline blog editor, and/or select all, copy before pressing Publish or UPdate. Then if something screws up, you have a copy of it and can just copy-paste it in.


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    And if you use the select all to copy be sure you are in the text editor. Otherwise what you paste when the save or update button fails won’t be complete to paste what you lost.



    @rain: “for weeks” is a gross understatement. We identified this (plus the draft issue) in spring 2012.

    @lenybob: raincoaster is right, never use the New Post shortcut. And better don’t use drafts either. Create your posts the normal way (dashboard sidebar: Posts > Add New), and when you start a new post, enter the title, write a couple of words, set the visibility to private (edited by Tess to add: then publish the post) instead of creating a draft, continue editing and updating, turn to public when finished.


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    This could be just me and my old Mac operating system, but I don’t see the “revisions” module on my test blog when it’s wearing Twenty-Thirteen. Or is it a “bug?”

    My version of FireFox is out of date. Do you all think this is a bug or is it time to update my computer? It’s just that some of my old software is unlikely to run anymore‚Ķ



    Check Screen Options, and make sure you check it while editing a published post, not a draft.


    Moderator Emeritus

    That’s weird.
    So I typed a full stop and deleted it. Updated. Then the revisions module appeared. It also now appears on posts draft and published when I first open them in the editor as well.



    It’s not strange (and it’s not theme dependent): the Revisions module doesn’t appear when there are no revisions, i.e. if you don’t make any changes after first clicking Save Draft or Publish.

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