I’ve had 3-4 instances (over the past 6 months) when I’ve written a long post, clicked either “Create Topic” or “Reply,” and felt that the post saved to the database because I was instantly shown it in situ in the Discourse interface. However, upon browsing away from the post, I discovered that it actually hadn’t saved. In fact, it wasn’t present at all. Usually, then clicking Reply or New Topic will show me a partial version of the post I wrote.
While I haven’t been able to reproduce the problem and I recognize that it likely is because my Internet connection dropped out or otherwise was flaky, it was incredibly frustrating to lose the bulk of what I wrote. Had I known that the posts actually did not save, I could have copied the text from them to a text editor and then tried again.
It would be nice to have some type of indication (or something more obvious?) that a post I just wrote and tried to submit actually was captured by the system. During editing, the “saved” text appears at the bottom of the edit panel. However, unless I’m completely missing it, there doesn’t seem to be any corollary for when you actually click “Create Topic” or “Reply.”