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.

Clarification:

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
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