When I type an answer to any question and suddenly decide I have better things to do, the answer gets saved as a draft.

If I return to that question say a week later, will my draft still exist? I figure there must be some sort of lifespan for every draft.

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If I return to that question say a week later, will my draft still exist?

Drafts will be automatically cleared after a week. Also note if one of your answer is saved in draft and you start a new answer then the old one will be cleared.


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    As in, do the cleaning scripts run once a week, or will drafts be deleted after seven days?
    – user206222
    Apr 9, 2013 at 6:49
  • Where did you get this fact from? Did you actually test it out? Apr 9, 2013 at 6:50
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    @Telthien - the draft will be cleared after a week.
    – Himanshu
    Apr 9, 2013 at 6:58
  • @AnishRam - See the updated answer.
    – Himanshu
    Apr 9, 2013 at 6:58
  • @hims056 After a week of the draft or the server's existence?
    – user206222
    Apr 9, 2013 at 7:01
  • @hims056, Thanks for that (I had already checked that out, but somehow seemed to have missed that point). That answer was posted in April, 2011. Does it still apply? Apr 9, 2013 at 7:04
  • @Telthien - Obviously after a week of the draft.
    – Himanshu
    Apr 9, 2013 at 7:06
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    @AnishRam - Remember to know any changes in any feature of Stack Exchange see Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange
    – Himanshu
    Apr 9, 2013 at 7:10
  • Why is my page apple.stackexchange.com/questions/ask empty ? I had started to write a question, it was at most 3 days ago. Jun 2, 2014 at 20:34
  • @NicolasBarbulesco - If you are sure for that, you may post a bug report here.
    – Himanshu
    Jun 3, 2014 at 5:17
  • @hims056 — I have posted this bug report here : Draft is lost way before the one week limit. Jun 8, 2014 at 15:53

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