We can move this part to Metaforum if it continues, should you like.
sourcejedi wrote:What seems to happen is that there's a ridiculously low timeout somewhere - something like 30 minutes? - after which I'm logged out of the forum.
IMHO, 30 minutes without interaction is not unreasonable. YMMV
I was using "draft" imprecisely. When I try to submit my finished post after the timeout (which I have no way of knowing!), I'm redirected to the post-without-a-login version of the page. The entire text of my post, which has just been POSTed, is dropped on the floor. And the back button didn't seem to recover it.
It may be related to the posting-without-a-login feature on this sub-forum, if that's custom code. It might not be; I've had bad experiences with PHPBB on MobileRead as well, but I think I've got used to using the back button there as a recovery method.
Yes, that's worked for me at times.
(You have to go back and copy the message; I think if you log in again when it asks you to, that's when you lose the message. Thinking about it, it's not too surprising if the posting-without-a-login feature breaks that workaround, because it's skipping past the "you don't have a valid session; please log in" page, straight to (a different version of) the posting page.).
Unfortunately, the most natural workaround for me - saving drafts in Thunderbird - also seems to lose data when connectivity is disrupted.
Kinda' why I got in the habit of doing long messages on the desktop instead of in the compose box -- *everywhere*. Not just PHPbb, but also SMF and others.
Looks like it's time I checked out Lazarus
Didn't know about that one. Interesting! ... Will look into it, but, uh, the only real downside to the compose-in-text-doc is remembering to add your markup from the toolbar. (quote, bold, code, etc.)
btw, speaking of add-ons, there's a freeware called Texter that will let you make up your own hotkeys for anything. Which eliminates the need for the toolbar here when composed in Wordpad or whatever.
E. g., (for me) type the letter q+(enter) produces
qw (next letter on the keyboard to q, and an unlikely combo for a "false trigger") =
ue ("URL End" is my mnemonic) =
Etc. I'm sure you'll find useful ones that suit you. Just a thought.
I think it would be better to split this off now. You can vent/suggest/etc., and I can ask Giorgio to consider your concerns about the timeouts and lost messages. Cheers.
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