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On Electronics SE I try to edit a question asked by another user. I click "edit", change the text and click "save". A message "please enter a comment" is displayed.

I use the newest and the freshest version of Chrome (also reproed in Firefox 4) with default settings and forms auto-complete. So I click into the edit box, a drop-down with previous comments appears and from the drop-down I select my most often used comment ("smaller version of images to reduce traffic" - that's the most typical reason why I edit questions on Electronics SE).

Now the edit looks like this:

enter image description here

there's the "briefly explain your changes" phrasing and also the comment I selected (right beneath "briefly explain" text) but the comment is displayed so faintly that it's barely visible. If I click "save" at this point the changes are saved together with my selected comment.

I guess there's a minor bug somewhere in the page code that fails to reset the "briefly explain" phrasing when an item is selected in browser auto-complete.

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Have you seen this in any other browser? FF4 is fairly outdated and may not (not sure...) be supported. – M.Babcock Mar 20 '12 at 12:43
@M.Babcock on that very topic:… (Not suggesting that FF4 is the problem here though) – Bart Mar 20 '12 at 12:45
@M.Babcock very true. Firefox 6 and earlier are not supported by Stack Exchange network. (Same like IE6 for example - utterly outdated) – Shadow Wizard Mar 20 '12 at 12:54
@M.Babcock: I've just reproduced this in the freshest version Chrome. – sharptooth Mar 20 '12 at 13:00
@sharptooth - +1 Fair enough. – M.Babcock Mar 20 '12 at 13:03
There is a huge difference between Firefox 4 and IE 6, folks. Not to mention the fact that Microsoft hasn't gotten the versioning fever, causing their version numbers to increment each time they hiccup or change a pixel color in their icon. The changes in the rendering engine between FF 4 and FF 6 are quite minor. – Cody Gray Mar 20 '12 at 17:54
@Cody I just meant both are equally unsupported by Stack Exchange. – Shadow Wizard Mar 21 '12 at 8:30
+1 reproduced of FF 19.0. Nice catch! – Peter L. Mar 3 '13 at 9:04
FF 24.0 on Ubuntu 12.10. Still happening. Can't screenprint it (fixes itself as the where do you want to save it box comes up) :-) – Bill Woodger Oct 19 '13 at 11:06
up vote 5 down vote accepted


Note that pressing any key while focus is in the input box, or clicking anywhere that removes focus from that box will remove the "briefly explain..." text.

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Is a a page code problem or a browser problem? – sharptooth Mar 21 '12 at 7:03
It's simply an issue of the code watching for a keypress or change (fired only when the box loses focus), and thus missing the insertion of an autocompleted bit of text. – Shog9 Mar 21 '12 at 13:18
Problem is there's probably no client side event triggered when user choose something from the auto complete list. – Shadow Wizard Oct 15 '12 at 12:40
That said, can't you poke the devs to throw in a quick fix? :) – Shadow Wizard Oct 15 '12 at 12:41
Will the fix ever be deployed for that? – Peter L. Mar 3 '13 at 9:05

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