No warning before destroying draft when composer is minimized


(Pad Pors) #1

not sure if this has anything to do with the new composer, but it seems that drafts (both posts and topics) are not saved anymore if I press the close button here:


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(Joshua Rosenfeld) #2

That one seems like a bug to me. The X functions like the cancel button (destroying the draft) but does not have a confirmation dialog warning of this.


(Jeff Atwood) #3

That’s the way we originally designed it, as I recall, so not a bug. Our thinking was once you’ve minimized the composer you’re in experienced user mode and shouldn’t get a lot of extra nag dialogs.


(Barry van Oudtshoorn) #4

I wonder if, when the composer is minimised like this, the button should change from an icon to text; something like “Discard” would make it clearer what this is doing. Yes, you’ll probably only make the mistake of clicking this once or twice, but it’s unlikely to be a happy experience when you do. :wink: By changing it to text, you can still avoid having nag dialogs.


(Kris) #5

I was just thinking that but you beat me to it. I do agree that adding another confirmation makes it kind of a lot — at that point you’re collapsing, clicking the x, and then confirming.


(Sam Saffron) #6

I can confirm this is not a regression but think this is inconsistent, Cancel nags, X should nag as well. It is quite easy to hit X by mistake.

I have pretty much never hit X on the composer minimized and intended it to throw away my draft.

I actually oppose to that unless we add a nag, cause you are making the click area even bigger at that point increasing the chances of a “X” by mistake.


(Barry van Oudtshoorn) #7

True! I’m actually a believer in getting rid of as many “are you sure” prompts as possible – as research has shown, no-one reads popups – in favour of “undo” opportunities. So perhaps discarding the draft (whether or not this button includes text) could then show a banner at the bottom for 5-10s?

Draft Discarded. Undo


(Sam Saffron) #8

Also a giant fan of “Undo” but that would now make this a much more giant change to make for pretty much an edge case.

Edge case being:

  • I just typed a bunch of paragraphs
  • I was on the fence about throwing them away, so I minimized the composer
  • A minute later I clicked X cause I decided yeah … I really should throw my paragraphs away

I think the more common flow is:

  • I just typed a bunch of paragraphs
  • I decided they are pointless
  • I hit cancel
  • I get a nag

(Jeff Atwood) #9

I first would like to get a sense of how real a problem this is, versus imagineering based on an imagined problem … I need to hear stories from people who actually lost their work. Because there’s two actions you need to take here:

  1. minimize composer, already rare
  2. click the tiny X at far far far right

Not opposed to a change, per se, but I don’t like doing work speculatively.


(Sam Saffron) #10

The tooltips were atrocious, it said: “hide or show the composer panel”, which is 100% incorrect for when it is collapsed.

So I fixed the bad tooltip, and also added the nag cause it was a trivial change. If people complain about the new nag I guess we can revert to a non naggy X.

Next up, fix the atrocious tooltip when I hover over blue 1 or green 1


(Joshua Rosenfeld) #14