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AFAIK, my question is different from Recover an accidently deleted post [closed].

When I'm composing a post at SO, I've noticed at some point in time there will be a message that appears above the text input box that indicates that a draft has been implicitly saved.

If my computer crashed before I've posted my message, by what process do I recover the draft so that I might complete it and post it?

  1. meta SO article 67163 How do I delete the draft posting? [closed] shows how to empty the draft buffer but not how to locate it.

  2. meta SO article 67163 also has a scary comment: "You only get one draft (if you start answering a new question, old draft is blown a way)" but does not tell me how to recover the draft that I intend to complete and post.

  3. does meta SO also have a draft buffer, and if it does, is it separate from the SO draft buffer?

  4. in SO, can I explicitly save my drafts?

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There is no explicit mechanism for saving drafts. And to recover it - go back to the question. – Oded Jan 18 '13 at 12:05
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  1. It is saved on the question - go back to the question and it will be there in the answer box.

  2. See #1 above.

  3. Yes, all Stack Exchange sites and meta sites have the exact same mechanism.

  4. No. There is no mechanism for that.


The buffer is per question.

This is all answered in Allow questions to be saved as drafts prior to posting - in particular in the answer by waffles - in particular this:

If you start answering a particular question, but do not successfully submit, you will see your last saved answer draft the next time you visit that particular question page.

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Oded, much appreciated, thank you. – gerryLowry Jan 18 '13 at 15:52
What about draft edits? After a browser restart, the tab where I had been editing a draft didn't even have the "edit" box open. – Peter Cordes Feb 9 at 3:27
@PeterCordes - no, that's not a a feature. Related:… – Oded Feb 9 at 9:49
@Oded: tyvm. That's exactly what I'm talking about. It didn't come up in my searches that turned up this and other similar questions. I didn't make a fresh post since I was pretty sure this wouldn't be a new idea. :P – Peter Cordes Feb 9 at 14:10

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