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    Re: missing post
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2007 Feb 19, 16:40 -0800

    Gary, you wrote:
    "I sent a post in to the thread "Navigation in fog" last night which
    took me a long to type and got the "Your Post was Successful" message
    but it doesn't  show up, I hope it wasn't lost somewhere."
    
    Sadly, it probably did not post at all. There are no gaps in the
    message numbers. There's a small chance that it will still turn up,
    but I doubt it.
    
    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I gather from your comment that
    you sent this message via the google message board function rather
    than by emailing it to the list. Is that right? Sending messages to
    online message boards via a web browser is a very nice feature, but it
    suffers from a fundamental flaw in every web browser that I am
    familiar with: unlike email software, web browsers do NOT save local
    copies of messages that you type. This means that you lose all your
    work if anything goes wrong in the multi-step process from edit to
    post. The simple solution is to type your message in any text editor,
    like Notepad or SimpleText, save it as you go, and then copy/paste it
    into the posting window. Over the ten-plus years that I've been
    posting messages to online message forums, I've lost maybe a half-
    dozen messages to this sort of problem, and in every case it seemed to
    be the message that I put the most effort into (this is probably no
    coincidence: the web server eventually times out your session, so long
    messages are more likely to get you into trouble). Despite all those
    lost messages, I still don't usually bother following my own
    suggestion by typing first in a local text editor.
    
    By the way, for everyone, the google message boards recently added a
    "feature": full-quoting in replies is now ON by default. In other
    words, when you reply to a message, using the google web interface,
    the previous message is dumped into your new message whether you like
    it or not. Apparently this "feature" cannot be turned off. As a matter
    of advice, if any of you all do use the google message boards, please
    avoid full-quoting by deleting the quoted section. Full-quoting wastes
    bandwidth and leads to pointless repetition on the list.
    
    -FER
    42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N 72.1W.
    www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars
    
    
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