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    Re: missing post
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2007 Feb 19, 18:13 -0800

    Amen, brother!
    Yes, I was using the message board function and yes, I have told myself
    in the past to draft using an editor and then pasting it (plus this lets
    you do spell checking.)
    Frank Reed wrote:
    >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.
    >42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N 72.1W.
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