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I just finished typing up a somewhat lengthy self-answered question and hit submit. As I had 6 tags on my post instead of the allowed five, I was shown the validation error explaining this.

On that screen declaring I had too many tags, my shiny new answer was gone.

Imagine my horror. Thankfully it was not gone gone; if I uncheck/recheck the "Answer my own question" box, the text pane for the answer does come back pre-populated with my answer.

Is this a bug? If not, could someone explain the rationale to me?

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I've encountered something similar, except I didn't load the page from a validation error but I loaded it from a draft. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Jul 28 '12 at 19:01
up vote 3 down vote accepted

The state of the "Answer my own question" checkbox is now maintained across postbacks, so marking this as complete.

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I can confirm I can no longer reproduce the problem in normal usage. However it still occurs if javascript happens to be disabled. – phs Jan 29 '14 at 18:55

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