On Electronics SE I try to edit a question asked by another user. I click "edit", change the text and click "save". A message "please enter a comment" is displayed.

I use the newest and the freshest version of Chrome (also reproed in Firefox 4) with default settings and forms auto-complete. So I click into the edit box, a drop-down with previous comments appears and from the drop-down I select my most often used comment ("smaller version of images to reduce traffic" - that's the most typical reason why I edit questions on Electronics SE).

Now the edit looks like this:

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there's the "briefly explain your changes" phrasing and also the comment I selected (right beneath "briefly explain" text) but the comment is displayed so faintly that it's barely visible. If I click "save" at this point the changes are saved together with my selected comment.

I guess there's a minor bug somewhere in the page code that fails to reset the "briefly explain" phrasing when an item is selected in browser auto-complete.

  • Have you seen this in any other browser? FF4 is fairly outdated and may not (not sure...) be supported.
    – M.Babcock
    Commented Mar 20, 2012 at 12:43
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    @M.Babcock on that very topic: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/56161/… (Not suggesting that FF4 is the problem here though)
    – Bart
    Commented Mar 20, 2012 at 12:45
  • @M.Babcock very true. Firefox 6 and earlier are not supported by Stack Exchange network. (Same like IE6 for example - utterly outdated) Commented Mar 20, 2012 at 12:54
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    @M.Babcock: I've just reproduced this in the freshest version Chrome.
    – sharptooth
    Commented Mar 20, 2012 at 13:00
  • @sharptooth - +1 Fair enough.
    – M.Babcock
    Commented Mar 20, 2012 at 13:03
  • There is a huge difference between Firefox 4 and IE 6, folks. Not to mention the fact that Microsoft hasn't gotten the versioning fever, causing their version numbers to increment each time they hiccup or change a pixel color in their icon. The changes in the rendering engine between FF 4 and FF 6 are quite minor. Commented Mar 20, 2012 at 17:54
  • @Cody I just meant both are equally unsupported by Stack Exchange. Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 8:30
  • +1 reproduced of FF 19.0. Nice catch!
    – Peter L.
    Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 9:04
  • FF 24.0 on Ubuntu 12.10. Still happening. Can't screenprint it (fixes itself as the where do you want to save it box comes up) :-) Commented Oct 19, 2013 at 11:06

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Note that pressing any key while focus is in the input box, or clicking anywhere that removes focus from that box will remove the "briefly explain..." text.

  • Is a a page code problem or a browser problem?
    – sharptooth
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 7:03
  • It's simply an issue of the code watching for a keypress or change (fired only when the box loses focus), and thus missing the insertion of an autocompleted bit of text.
    – Shog9
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 13:18
  • Problem is there's probably no client side event triggered when user choose something from the auto complete list. Commented Oct 15, 2012 at 12:40
  • That said, can't you poke the devs to throw in a quick fix? :) Commented Oct 15, 2012 at 12:41
  • Will the fix ever be deployed for that?
    – Peter L.
    Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 9:05

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