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REPLY TO THREAD must die!!

tonybelding

Active Member
Aug 17, 2006
1,482
803
Hamilton, Texas
This is about the 50th time that I've typed a reply to a thread, then hit the REPLY TO THREAD button and seen my lovingly composed text vanish into the bit bucket, replaced by a new BLANK text field. Something needs to be done about this! Please!!
 

EVenthusiast

Member
Jun 17, 2013
279
3
US
You're holding it wrong ;)

Have you tried a different PC and /or browser? Can't say I've seen this happen before, but it does sound like a browser / plugin issue.
 

markb1

Active Member
Feb 17, 2012
3,062
676
San Diego, CA
You're holding it wrong ;)

Have you tried a different PC and /or browser? Can't say I've seen this happen before, but it does sound like a browser / plugin issue.

I don't think it's a browser issue. The problem is when you do a quick reply, there are two buttons, "Post Quick Reply" and "Reply to Thread". If you pick the wrong one (the second one), it takes you to another page and you lose what you've typed.

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jerry33

(S85-3/2/13 traded in) X LR: F2611##-3/27/20
Supporting Member
Mar 8, 2012
19,967
23,932
Texas
I don't think it's a browser issue. The problem is when you do a quick reply, there are two buttons, "Post Quick Reply" and "Reply to Thread". If you pick the wrong one (the second one), it takes you to another page and you lose what you've typed.
If you go back, isn't the saved text there?
 

Brightonuk

Member
Mar 16, 2014
419
54
Plantation
This has happed to me on occasion to make sure you don't lose your post highlight your post before you try to post it and hit Ctrl C that way if you lose it just Ctrl V paste it on your next attempt
 

Auzie

Tree Hugger Member
Jul 29, 2013
1,898
37
Sydney
This is about the 50th time that I've typed a reply to a thread, then hit the REPLY TO THREAD button and seen my lovingly composed text vanish into the bit bucket, replaced by a new BLANK text field.

1. Try composing your response in text editor, like evernote. If you do that, than your response will be safely stored in evernote for copying it infinite times anywhere you wish.

2. Go back to the same thread, open up Reply to thread window and the bluish auto save/restore button is on the bottom left corner of the window. Click auto restore button to recover the post contents.

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3. If something does not work after few attempts, it might be an idea to try a different approach. I find it helpful to tackle problems with patience, it is my experience that most problems just dissolve into oblivion when approached patiently
 

Krugerrand

Enough of the 🐩, back to 🐈‍⬛
Jul 13, 2012
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62,617
Tesla friendly place
I don't think it's a browser issue. The problem is when you do a quick reply, there are two buttons, "Post Quick Reply" and "Reply to Thread". If you pick the wrong one (the second one), it takes you to another page and you lose what you've typed.

Just a thought - um...since there are two options and we've discovered the second one is (always) the wrong one, then I think we should try the first one? :wink:

P.S. Been there, done that. If I feel that what I'm typing is super intuitive/important/illuminating then I'll copy it just in case I have a brain fart when I get to the end of it and push the wrong button. Or...REPLY TO THREAD must die!
 

mackgoo

Member
Oct 18, 2014
185
18
SoCal
It's happened to me too. I think it's part of the BB code. Just hit the right choice. I would agree though, once you've chosen reply that choice should disappear.
 

markwj

Moderator, Asia Pacific
Apr 10, 2011
4,618
1,249
Hong Kong
I press control-Z and the text comes back. But, yes it is a poor ui decision for vbulletin (among many others). Perhaps Reply-to-Threat should be disabled when you are already replying.
 

EVenthusiast

Member
Jun 17, 2013
279
3
US
Ok, I understand the problem now. That's indeed an UI design limitation. It's easy to relabel the button with something else, just need to figure out what text will create least confusion.
 

JeffT

New Member
Sep 15, 2015
1
0
United States
i just joined the forum, how do i get permission to post a new thread in a group? what do i need to do? this forum can be very frustrating...any help is appreciated! Jeff
 

yobigd20

Well-Known Member
Oct 28, 2012
5,929
532
Skaneateles, NY
this has happened to me MANY MANY MANY times, and yes it is VERY frustrating. NO the text is not saved either. I have got so accustumed to it that when I'm finished typing, my brainwashed mind always hits ctrl-a, ctrl-c to copy everything into clipboard memory, THEN i click the reply button. I do this process on every post I make, and I make lots of posts (what am I now, 5300+ posts? lol).
 

Troy

Active Member
Aug 24, 2015
1,966
6,132
this forum can be very frustrating...any help is appreciated! Jeff

JeffT,

New member limitations will be lifted once you have more messages (less than a dozen, more than a few). You will see an edit button appear under your messages when the limitation is lifted. Until then, I don't recommend adding links or photos to your messages because they will be stuck until a moderator manually approves them which could take a long time. If you don't include a link, your message will appear instantly.

I agree with you that it is frustrating. This website should tell new users that new accounts are limited and adding links requires moderator approval. This information should be communicated to new users before they write a long message and it gets stuck for hours or days. If the user knew that a link would make his entire message invisible until approval, he might chose not to include the link which would be far less annoying than posting a message and seeing a warning that says, "your message will appear once its approved by a moderator".

Users see that warning pop-up after they have posted a message that includes a link. There are two problems with this: Firstly, the pop-up message is still unclear. It doesn't explain that the message was stuck because it included a link. Secondly, the message that the person just wrote is now lost. If he somehow figured out that removing the link is a good idea, he still has to re-type the whole thing. One of those yellow bars on top would reduce the frustration.
 
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Chipper

Active Member
Sep 23, 2013
1,183
22
Chattanooga, TN
I don't think it's a browser issue. The problem is when you do a quick reply, there are two buttons, "Post Quick Reply" and "Reply to Thread". If you pick the wrong one (the second one), it takes you to another page and you lose what you've typed.

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Why would you repeatedly pick the wrong one??? Once you make a mistake why would you not learn from said mistake and not repeat it consistently?
 

yobigd20

Well-Known Member
Oct 28, 2012
5,929
532
Skaneateles, NY
Why would you repeatedly pick the wrong one??? Once you make a mistake why would you not learn from said mistake and not repeat it consistently?

easier said than done. the button says 'reply to thread' which is the act that you're trying to do. its very misleading especially since the result of clicking it will be the loss of your entire reply.

the easy solution is to hide the 'reply to thread' button when you are already replying to the thread. it doesn't make sense to keep it there.
 

jaguar36

Active Member
Apr 10, 2014
2,089
1,664
NJ
This is a Vbulletin issue not specific to this forum. It's happened to me in the past but after the first few times (which were frustrating) I've learned to not hit that button after typing my post.
 

NigelM

Recovering Member
Apr 3, 2011
13,386
556
Northern Virginia
This is about the 50th time that I've typed a reply to a thread, then hit the REPLY TO THREAD button and seen my lovingly composed text vanish into the bit bucket, replaced by a new BLANK text field. Something needs to be done about this! Please!!

Just wondering if you're left-handed? In all seriousness, I empathize but I personally never feel any need to move all the way across to the left side to make the final click.
 

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