I just lost an entire story I was typing out on the forum

Got an issue? Take it up with us here, and we'll see what we can do about it.

Moderator: Jake

Forum rules
If you wish to lodge a complaint against another member of the forum, please note topics posted in this section will be visible to others.
If you would prefer to remain anonymous, please send a private message to one of our moderators or administrators.
Post Reply
User avatar
BlueFatCat123
Occasional poster
Posts: 28
Joined: Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:57 am
Location: Stoke-On-Trent UK

I just lost an entire story I was typing out on the forum

Post by BlueFatCat123 » Mon May 27, 2019 7:41 pm

I had just finished a fictional glove story I had been typing out for the past 3 hours onto the forum. I was really happy with it, but it got deleted when I tried to post it. Even if I rewrite it all again it will NEVER be the same as the way I wrote it the first time. :(

I finished the story. I reread it and was happy with it. I clicked post and i got brought to the login page because the website had logged me out whilst I was typing. It wouldn't have mattered if I had typed it up somewhere else first and simply copied and pasted, but I had written it directly from my brain onto that forum post so I had no other copies.

I don't know if anything can be done about this. I doubt it can. I'm so fed up though. If a mod could retrieve it somehow I'd be so grateful. If you can't I understand, I'm just feeling a bit defeated now that's all. I know it's probably pointless complaining about it, but that force logout feature after a certain amount of time really screwed up my day.

User avatar
GlovedYankee
WWGFA donor
Posts: 114
Joined: Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:24 am
Location: Georgia

Re: I just lost an entire story I was typing out on the forum

Post by GlovedYankee » Mon May 27, 2019 9:26 pm

Ya know I have to agree, the forced logoff is quite the pain in the ass. I too have lost things due to being logged off. Surely this can be addressed and fixed?

tronn206
Regular poster
Posts: 190
Joined: Mon Jan 19, 2015 12:46 am
Location: Essex, uk

Re: I just lost an entire story I was typing out on the forum

Post by tronn206 » Mon May 27, 2019 9:37 pm

Just sticking my nose in but wouldn't it be better too type the story into a text editor, where you can save it, and then copy and paste it on to the forum.

User avatar
wmowrg
Rommeltje's Deputy
Posts: 3750
Joined: Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:35 pm
Location: England

Re: I just lost an entire story I was typing out on the forum

Post by wmowrg » Tue May 28, 2019 12:36 am

Unfortunately this is a common mistake we've nearly all made at some time in the past ... :S

As you say, the forum will automatically log you out after 60 minutes of inactivity ... :S

Having fallen foul of it myself a couple of times both when posting and composing PM's, nowadays I either keep the forum open in another window and remember to refresh that window before the hour is up or immediately before I go to post, copy the entire text to the clipboard by highlighting the lot and right-clicking ...

As far as I am aware, there is nothing that can be done about it and that text is lost forever, but without seeming to be conceited, I know it's a mistake that you won't make again ... My commiserations to you as someone who's suffered the very same ... :'(

User avatar
Rommeltje
The man in charge
Posts: 10610
Joined: Sat Nov 20, 2010 10:14 pm
Location: Amsterdam
Contact:

Re: I just lost an entire story I was typing out on the forum

Post by Rommeltje » Wed May 29, 2019 9:50 pm

Yup, I, too, feel your pain. I've learned to always 'select all'+'copy' every once in a while, as well as hit the "save draft" button a few times when writing a long post.

I just upped the time-out limit to 10 hours, though (in all honesty, it never really occurred to me to just do that), so at least your ordeal has to led to something positive. ;)

Post Reply