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So I recently signed up for Stack Overflow and wanted to write my first question.

Then, after carefully wording it and writing the post (it took.. I don't know, 20 minutes), I click on "log in" (as in: before posting it said: either login or fill out this form, and since I already have an account I click "login". However, I assume it asked me for the login because I switched to the http://security.stackexchange.com section instead of Stack Overflow when I registered, maybe you should combine the login for all?). Then it successfully logs in, however my post I just wrote is lost.

How frustrating.

Clicking on the back button doesn't bring my long post into existence either. It has vanished.

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The site automatically saves drafts and should prevent this from happening. Maybe you lose the draft when you log in... –  Jeremy Banks Jan 14 '12 at 23:11
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Weird. Wasn't there another post complaining about the same thing earlier today? –  Pëkka Jan 14 '12 at 23:13
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@Pekka'sOrganicRepFarm Kind of, but his problem was an error dialog he didn't notice. I don't know why anyone would expect a site to keep form data when they navigate away from the page; sites generally don't work that way (even though SO does have drafts) –  Michael Mrozek Jan 14 '12 at 23:16
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@Michael thanks for the link. The OP's situation is different from what you say about navigating away, though: He wrote something into the form provided, and was told to log in in the next step. I find it fair to expect that that won't destroy the content entered. If SO really presents him with an empty form after logging in, that is pretty bad. (I don't think it's normally that way though) –  Pëkka Jan 14 '12 at 23:20
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@Pekka'sOrganicRepFarm Oh, I see; putting the link after the question fields does imply that you won't lose data. I just tested it and it saved my draft when I logged in; not sure what went wrong here –  Michael Mrozek Jan 14 '12 at 23:25
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Which is why the rest of my compose our posts in emacs ;) –  Marvin Pinto Jan 14 '12 at 23:31
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@Marvin I did use It's All Text! back when I used Firefox, and it was fantastic. I wish I could find an equivalent for Chrome –  Michael Mrozek Jan 14 '12 at 23:34
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@MichaelMrozek Nothing similar to It's All Text, but I find Lazarus indispensable –  Sathya Jan 15 '12 at 3:17
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Might this be related to the one-time global login reset that happened last week? If I understand correctly, one cannot even start typing a question when not logged in on Stack Overflow? For other sites, logging in while writing a question is possible, but that should show the login right below the editor. So, the login flow you saw seems odd to me. (cc: @Pekka) –  Arjan Jan 15 '12 at 11:49
    
(@Peter, where does it say the names should use non-breaking spaces?) –  Arjan Jan 15 '12 at 12:41
    
(@Arjan: it doesn't say. It is just a little bit less confusing to read if the two words are on the same line (at the expense of short lines in some cases), especially as they are both common words.) –  Peter Mortensen Jan 21 '12 at 20:26
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(Ah, @Peter, then I feel you're mixing content with presentation. Please consider how it looks while editing, especially on devices that have no preview, and how it might affect other things we're not thinking of. Like maybe even Data Explorer queries, but I know that is an extreme example.) –  Arjan Jan 22 '12 at 10:14
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So what happened to your wife and kids? –  bobobobo Apr 15 '12 at 22:08
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