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Pasting text into input boxes behaves incorrectly


  1. Click Ask Question button.
  2. Paste something into the title.

Expected Results

  • Pasted text shows up in black
  • Moving focus to question body prompts search for duplicates

Actual Results

  • Pasted text shows up in gray (like the default text)
  • Moving focus to question body does not trigger search for duplicates

Other notes

  • Hitting submit gives error that no title was entered
  • If text is typed manually there doesn't seem to be any problem, only an initial paste breaks it
  • After the paste, manually editing the title doesn't cause it to be accepted either

Tested on IE8 on WinXP.

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marked as duplicate by Greg Hewgill, Shog9, GEOCHET, mmyers, Adam Davis Jan 27 '10 at 18:18

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

Solution: use a real browser – squillman Jan 27 '10 at 17:59
@squillman: I could quit my job, yes, but I don't know that being able to paste question titles in is worth quite that much to me. – mmyers Jan 27 '10 at 18:02
I reported the same problem yesterday:… – Greg Hewgill Jan 27 '10 at 18:06
The problem is you are using windows. Use a mac! – Ether Jan 27 '10 at 19:17

Unlike Pollyanna, I do see this on IE7 even when I am logged in. The gray default text does not disappear from the text box, either.

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I confirm that this also occurs on IE7 when I am NOT logged in. The default text "What's your programming question? Be descriptive." does not disappear, and clicking in the ask a question box doesn't preview possible duplicates.

However, after logging in, the Ask Question page appears to work normally.

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