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If I click "add comment", the comment hint (placeholder; "Request clarification or add information.") is not a hint, but editable text. If I delete the text and click outside of the comment then the hint appears as it should and when I click back into the comment box the hint disappears as it should.

I am on Internet Explorer 10.0.7.

Am I just oblivious and this is how it has always been (having to delete the comment hint), or is this a bug?

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Definitely a bug. You shouldn't have to delete the comment hint manually. – Cody Gray Jul 19 '13 at 14:31
Nope, shouldn't do that. Seeing same on Windows 7, same version of IE – Oded Jul 19 '13 at 14:31
Ha I was beginning to wonder after having not seen another bug report for this yet... – TronicZomB Jul 19 '13 at 14:33
Mind you - this may be more of an IE bug than a SE bug... Will need to look into it. – Oded Jul 19 '13 at 14:33
@Oded Doesn't that really just say both are buggy, then? IE for its weirdness and SO for not compensating. – Grant Thomas Jul 19 '13 at 15:10
@GrantThomas - Does it? What if it turns out it is something that is completely wrong in one product, does that mean the other is also buggy? – Oded Jul 19 '13 at 15:32
@Oded Consequently so, yes. – Grant Thomas Jul 19 '13 at 15:34
@GrantThomas - So, if my appA produces invalid XML, that makes appB failing to read it buggy? – Oded Jul 19 '13 at 15:47
@Oded By proxy, yes - so long as the "fix" isn't in. – Grant Thomas Jul 19 '13 at 16:45
@GrantThomas - by your reasoning, by proxy, it is the users' fault ;) – Oded Jul 19 '13 at 16:46
Also occurs in IE 10.0.9200.16576, if it matters. – Toomai Jul 20 '13 at 0:58
@Oded oddly enough, in IE10 the textarea contains both the placeholder and inner text, in Chrome only the placeholder. Maybe jQuery is to blame somehow? – Shadow Wizard Jul 21 '13 at 7:55
Reproduced on IE 10.0.9200.16635. – Pang Jul 21 '13 at 8:51
This isn't a problem on Chrome Version 27.0.1453.116 – TronicZomB Jul 22 '13 at 4:26
Yep it's IE only problem. (IE10 for sure, probably IE9 as well though didn't test) – Shadow Wizard Jul 22 '13 at 7:53
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Looks like this is indeed specific to IE 10 textareas and how they handle placeholders (at least when added directly via jQuery), as this question seems to indicates.

Applied same solution, so the placeholder should start working correctly starting with revision 2013.7.22.875.

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When will that revision take effect? – TronicZomB Jul 22 '13 at 12:27
@TronicZomB - Whenever we deploy. Can be 5 minutes, can be a few hours. We don't have a schedule. – Oded Jul 22 '13 at 12:28
Yay, works for me :) – Rowland Shaw Jul 22 '13 at 20:41

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