I'm trying to ask a question on Stack Overflow. I have already asked two questions today, and I would like to ask a third one. However, when I click "Ask Question" button I get a form in which I see my previous question (as if I want to edit my previous question). Does anybody know why?

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    This sounds like the auto-saving of the content to me. Did your previous question post okay?
    – tombull89
    Feb 21, 2013 at 14:26
  • Did you actually post the old question? Also, caching. Feb 21, 2013 at 14:26
  • Looking at his SO account, he has asked 2 questions 2 hours ago, so it seems he did ask/submit the question. Feb 21, 2013 at 14:29
  • Yes, I posted my previous question and got some answers.
    – Roman
    Feb 21, 2013 at 14:30
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    Title is misleading; you can post question you just see previous question contents when starting new one. That's whole different thing. Feb 21, 2013 at 14:45
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    @Sha Wiz Dow Ard, I see what I do not expect to see and what I do not understand. Of course, I had the idea to delete the content of the form and submit it as a new question but I thought that in this way I can delete my previous question. Since I do not want to risk and I do not want to delete my previous question, I decide not to post the new question. So, I cannot post a new question.
    – Roman
    Feb 21, 2013 at 14:56
  • I ran into this problem too. I even logged out and back in, and the question form is still pre-filled with my last question. I would guess it's a server-side bug.
    – Luke
    Mar 7, 2014 at 17:31
  • @Oded, just in case you missed it: at least 3 questions about this have been posted in the last 15 days (like just now today), and someone else commented above too. Sounds like some bug to me.
    – Arjan
    Mar 8, 2014 at 11:25
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    @Luke: Yes, drafts are stored on the server; that is by design. Mar 8, 2014 at 12:42
  • @Arjan: perhaps a race condition where the draft is saved after submitting the question; drafts are saved using AJAX calls I think, so in theory a draft save could be sent at the moment the user submits the question; if the draft save request arrives after the question submit a new draft is created. If the issue is on the rise, the cause could be anything from load balancer changes on the SE side to browser tech changes to network topology updates. Mar 8, 2014 at 12:46
  • Very true, @Martijn. To investigate someone who keeps seeing the problem needs to get in touch with the developers. In comments elsewhere someone seems to have gotten the problem at least two times. I guess you & I ask too few questions to investigate. ;-)
    – Arjan
    Mar 8, 2014 at 12:56

1 Answer 1


What you see is a saved draft copy of your question.

If that's a question you already asked, then just click the 'discard' link next to the Post Your Question button, and enter a new question:

discard link

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    Is it a bug that it was still there when the question had been posted though? Feb 21, 2013 at 14:30
  • @GeorgeDuckett: Perhaps, but if the OP went back in the browser history and re-posted something, then that could be driver error too. Feb 21, 2013 at 14:33
  • Ahh ok, that would make sense. I was thinking that since drafts are stored server side it would be a bug, but I can see how it could now be a user-side issue. Feb 21, 2013 at 14:34
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    That's a nice red circle. ;) Which tool did you use? Feb 21, 2013 at 14:48
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    @Spontifixus: Hand drawn, actually; I used Skitch. Feb 21, 2013 at 14:48
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    I've seen this problem mentioned 4 times in 2 weeks now; I guess @George is right, some bug.
    – Arjan
    Mar 8, 2014 at 11:28

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