posts go poof!

he main goal of any web site that allows you to enter text in a
textarea
is: NEVER lose the text that a user types in. With this forum's
software,
you can spend a great deal of time writing a masterpiece of a response,
and then hit submit--only to be presented with a horror of horrors:
"You cannot edit this post any longer". Anything you typed before
seeing that page is lost. That is a big FAIL.

I used to never compose posts on a webpage itself: I would write them in
a text editor and then paste them into the response box--so that I would
never lose a post. Unfortunately, I've gotten lazy about that, and now
I've paid the price. My masterpiece is gone, and future generations
will forever search the ether looking for it, presumably to sell on ebay
for a pretty penny.

It's also a big FAIL that you can't edit a post forever.

Testing...
FAIL...FAIL

he main goal of any web site that allows you to enter text in a
textarea
is: NEVER lose the text that a user types in. With this forum's
software,
you can spend a great deal of time writing a masterpiece of a response,
and then hit submit--only to be presented with a horror of horrors:
"You cannot edit this post any longer". Anything you typed before
seeing that page is lost. That is a big FAIL.

I see you are posting to the list via ruby-forum.com. That site is
just a web interface to the real mailing list, which is hosted on
Google Groups at:

http://groups.google.com/group/rubyonrails-talk?hl=en

If you're having problems with the software at ruby-forum.com, try
using Google Groups directly, or perhaps even using the traditional
mailing list features via email. Then you can draft posts in your
usual email client, and not worry about losing them in some web page.

Also, on the general point, most web browsers these days will restore
the content you have entered into a form if you hit the back button to
return to the form.

<snip>

It's also a big FAIL that you can't edit a post forever.

This is because it's not really a forum -- it's a mailing list. Things
that you send to the list get emailed out to the list subscribers. So,
just like an ordinary email, you can't edit it once it's sent.

Chris