New Feature Coming - Saved Drafts for New Post Replies

Discussion in 'Website Announcements, Feedback, Issues, & Guides' started by Nifty-Chicken, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    A few updates ago we added the feature that warns you when you are about to leave the page if you were in the middle of typing a post. This works great if you accidentally "fat finger" off the page, but what about when your browser window closes or something else happens?

    Saved Drafts for New Post Replies

    That's right, later this week when we do our bi-monthly updates, you'll have a great new tool! When you go to compose a reply post, you'll notice some new interface for automatically saving what you're writing. The way this works is that we'll save your contents automatically 3 seconds after you pause typing. You can also initiate a save manually, though you usually shouldn't need to. This will work in the the Rich Text Editor, the BBCode Editor, and on Mobile.


    Once a reply draft is saved, all you need to do is come back to the thread where you had drafted a reply, at some point in the future, and you'll find your draft waiting for you in the Reply editor. This will work if you draft on one computer and then return to the thread via another computer. It will also work across Mobile & Desktop. Drafts are saved server-side.

    You can draft one post reply at a time for any given thread. There's not currently a way to work on a long-term draft but still fire off a quick reply in the meantime. Until you publish your draft, it will occupy the reply editor's entry field. However, you can have a draft saved for each of as many threads as you like. You're not just limited to one single draft, period.

    This is a first stage rollout: there is no draft saving for anything other than new replies. No drafts for new threads, no drafts for private messages or articles, comments, reviews, etc. There is also no draft saving of edits to posts.

    We do plan to expand draft coverage soon, and we built the architecture in a way that will make this easy to spread to more areas. But we want to prove out the fundamentals of this functionality in one place first. There is also currently no "My Drafts" page, although that will be come a necessity as we expand Draft functionality to more use cases.

    For now, it's for new replies only - just go back to the thread, and your draft in progress will be where you left it. This does mean that you'll see the "unsaved changes" warning a lot less - we don't pop that warning if your draft contents have been saved.

    We hope you find this new feature helpful!

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    You guys are doing an amazing job with the site.
  3. Chic CAN

    Chic CAN The Wisdom Chaser Premium Member

    cool but Nifty something is wrong with the site. It is very glichy.. Have you recently made a change?
  4. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Last edited: Dec 11, 2013
  5. Triple Willow

    Triple Willow Songster

    Mar 1, 2013
    I agree. The moblie version has some new problems. The "save draft" feature and the "quote" feature are not working right for me, the "save draft" feature more so. On the "quote" - you click to quote one post and it quotes a completely different one over and over instead of the one I want. But great site anyhow.


    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012

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