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I typed a nice question on programmers.stackexchange today. I pushed submit only to be greeted by the generic "something went wrong" page. I figure this is to do with Stack Overflow's maintenance issues.

In the future, could you please spit back my question to me? I basically lost 15 minutes writing a good quality question.

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Rephrasing this as a feature request, since the bug was, indeed, very temporary. – Adam Sep 16 '12 at 3:22
@AnnaLear that sounds fine. Maybe next time, put a maintenance warning on all of the SE sites that could be affected though :) – Earlz Sep 16 '12 at 3:40
Last I heard, we unfortunately don't have a network-wide system message thingadongadong. – Adam Sep 16 '12 at 3:41
Normally, you would get your post back. The system saves drafts for you as you type, every so many seconds. However, if it goes offline for maintenance, it can't save your drafts because the service isn't available. – animuson Sep 16 '12 at 4:08
As an aside: in some browsers, on some websites, going back a page when running into an error might still get one the form data. (And to implement this feature request, it might be easier to focus on that, rather than trying to show posted data in case of fatal errors, which are unexpected by definition?) – Arjan Sep 16 '12 at 10:41
@Arjan I tried going back a page, but Firefox didn't keep my form data. Also, I just found out that the question actually did get posted, so I guess no time lost. Still odd that the error came up though – Earlz Sep 16 '12 at 14:13

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