WordPress malfunctioned and I lost a post.
If you created that post using the “Add New” on the main page for wordpress.com here http://wordpress.com/#!/post/ then what you describe can happen and worse still the draft posts may be lost and may not be recoverable.
If you created the post in your dashboard here > Dashboard > Posts > All Posts > Add New then you may be able to recover an earlier post revision. http://danandcedar.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php/
Go to Posts > All Posts, hover over the title of the post, click Edit and check the Post Revisions module for previous saved versions of the post. http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/post-revisions/
If you’re not seeing the Revisions module while on the editor screen, click Screen Options (top right corner of your Admin page) http://en.support.wordpress.com/screen-options/ to activate it. Then select the post and page modules to include them. http://en.support.wordpress.com/modules/#list-of-modules Then you ought to be able to go here > Dashboard > All Posts > Posts and locate the post and recover it from post revisions.
If you cannot locate the post for locating and restoring a post revision, and it’s not in your Trash folder http://en.support.wordpress.com/trash/ then you will not be able to recover it. http://en.support.wordpress.com/trash/#restoring-from-trash
Thanks. I think I am SOL. But I appreciate the response.
We are getting reports of this happening a fair bit lately. If you write long posts, it seems to happen more. So I recommend using an offline editor like BlogDesk, Ecto, or Windows Live Writer until this bug is fixed.
The developers are aware of the issue. The next WordPress software upgrade is probably going to take place in early November for us here at WordPress.com so I do expect that issue will be corrected in it.
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