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When you type your question, quit the page and open it again later in time, the question you previously entered is still there, as a draft. However, if you haven't entered any tags yet, you get this crazy result:

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There are two problems with this:

  1. The tags should still be empty.
  2. SO yells at me three times I may only enter five tags or less.

Can someone fix this? :)

I think this is caused by saving the default text (at least … 5 tags) is saved with the draft. Maybe a good future-feature-request when IE finally understands HTML 5 (I guess it will be in IE 17 or something) using <input placeholder="at least … 5 tags" etc... />.

I am using Safari on Mac OS X 10.6.6 Snow Leopard without any malware installed.

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I've experienced the same with Firefox. – Hendrik Vogt Jan 26 '11 at 15:24
@Hendrik thanks, I'll remove the footnote. – rightfold Jan 26 '11 at 15:24
Hm... I saw this happen for a split second here when loading up a draft on Meta, but immediately afterwards all of the tags collapsed and it was not treated as having any tags. So no warnings other than the fact I needed to enter some tags. IE8 on XP here. – Grace Note Jan 26 '11 at 15:39
By the way, the same thing happens with the title: I got the nice message "The question you're asking appears subjective and is likely to be closed." since the title was "what's your question? be specific." (apropos specific: Firefox 3.6.13 on Vista) – Hendrik Vogt Jan 26 '11 at 22:39
@Hendrik this means it's a bug with the placeholders. :) – rightfold Jan 26 '11 at 22:40
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The placeholder text and the actual contents (i.e. tags or text) of the text box are now two separate things, so this shouldn't happen anymore (see Jeff's answer here for why the regular placeholder="..." functionality is a non-starter.)

Well, technically, if your browser remembers the "at least one such tag..." text from before this fix, it could still happen for a moment (because that text is in the text field, meaning it's denoting tags); but there shouldn't be any more new instances of this problem popping up.

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