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When I type an answer to any question and suddenly decide I have better things to do, the answer gets saved as a draft.

If I return to that question say a week later, will my draft still exist? I figure there must be some sort of lifespan for every draft.

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If I return to that question say a week later, will my draft still exist?

Drafts will be automatically cleared after a week. Also note if one of your answer is saved in draft and you start a new answer then the old one will be cleared.


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As in, do the cleaning scripts run once a week, or will drafts be deleted after seven days? – Emrakul Apr 9 '13 at 6:49
Where did you get this fact from? Did you actually test it out? – Anish Ramaswamy Apr 9 '13 at 6:50
@Telthien - the draft will be cleared after a week. – hims056 Apr 9 '13 at 6:58
@AnishRam - See the updated answer. – hims056 Apr 9 '13 at 6:58
@hims056 After a week of the draft or the server's existence? – Emrakul Apr 9 '13 at 7:01
@hims056, Thanks for that (I had already checked that out, but somehow seemed to have missed that point). That answer was posted in April, 2011. Does it still apply? – Anish Ramaswamy Apr 9 '13 at 7:04
@Telthien - Obviously after a week of the draft. – hims056 Apr 9 '13 at 7:06
@AnishRam - Remember to know any changes in any feature of Stack Exchange see Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange – hims056 Apr 9 '13 at 7:10
Why is my page empty ? I had started to write a question, it was at most 3 days ago. – Nicolas Barbulesco Jun 2 '14 at 20:34
@NicolasBarbulesco - If you are sure for that, you may post a bug report here. – hims056 Jun 3 '14 at 5:17
@hims056 — I have posted this bug report here : Draft is lost way before the one week limit. – Nicolas Barbulesco Jun 8 '14 at 15:53

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