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I'm a little upset. I was just writing my first answer for Stack Overflow. It costs me a little bit more than half an hour writing it. After pressing 'Post Your Answer' and answering the 'I am a Human being' question I thought I completed the task. A few minutes later, I wanted to add another line and saw on the page that there was still the editor only with half the content I wrote.

So my question is: Why did it happen and what can be done to avoid such trouble in the future?

Edit: Fast forward, for those wondering: after getting my closed tab back and clicking a few times back, I found my original post again. After posting the answer again I found the problem. I had five links in the 'How to write great answer' with the advice to support the answers with backlinks...), but for a new user only two hyperlinks are allowed.

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closed as too localized by Michael Mrozek, Mat, Robert Harvey Jan 14 '12 at 18:16

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I have never seen that happen. What's your browser & OS? – Mat Jan 14 '12 at 17:35
Do you have a registered account? How are you entering your answer? Do you type into the form on the web page or paste the text in from another editor? – ChrisF Jan 14 '12 at 17:37
I wrote the whole answer in my Firefox 9.0 (Webinterface, OS: Gentoo Linux). I think the problem was that I didn't realize the warning at the bottom of the page to inform me that I was not allowed to have more than 2 hyperlinks in my answer (since I'm a newbe). – JepZ Jan 14 '12 at 17:45
(@JepZ: links fixed in your answer.) – Mat Jan 14 '12 at 17:49
Thats great THX :-) (now I'm happy again) – JepZ Jan 14 '12 at 17:52
Before you post it, select it all and copy it, your clipboard can be your safeguard. – Marcelo Jan 14 '12 at 18:02
@JepZ If that was the problem and the site just silently dropped your answer instead of simply showing you an error, I think that's a problem that's worth addressing. – Adam Jan 14 '12 at 18:15

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