I came accross this question on SO: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/24095549/compute-the-percentage-top-padding-based-on-the-height-of-the-parent-instead-o#24095549 (removed, 10k+ rep needed)

It was quite unreadable but after 5-10 minutes I figured out what the guy meant. So I went on to make edits, pretty much reformatting the entire post. After 5 minutes of work I had something much better, but I couldn't save it because the OP had made some edits in the meantime of just a few characters.

So I clicked click here to load and all of my edits were gone. I got back what looked like the original post.

As you can understand I felt a bit upset for doing 5 minutes of voluntary work that had to be thrown in the bin, worst of all without warning! The system needs to improve on this in my opinion. At the very least warn that I should copy my changes and paste them after loading.

I would suggest implementing the warning in the meantime while searching for even better solutions. Ideally, give us something that works like SVN, merge additions automatically and let the editor merge conflicts.

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    It is a frustration experienced by all of us now and then. Think about providing an answer for 30 minutes to find the post gone... to fix this we would need something different then optimistic concurency...
    – rene
    Jun 7, 2014 at 10:12
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    Now you know. Copy your changes before reloading and manually diff the changes. There isn't a silver-bullet solution to this (but some diff utilities would be nice). Jun 7, 2014 at 23:12
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    Perhaps "Click to load" should say "Click to throw away all of your edits", if you've made edits.
    – D.W.
    Jun 8, 2014 at 0:33
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    Compromise until such thing is implemented, if at all, can be saving a draft of the latest edit - one draft per site that will save your last edit on the server side and when you come back to edit the same post it will show you the draft. Jun 8, 2014 at 14:03
  • @ShadowWizard Good idea, but then it would have to appear also after you've loaded the conflicting edits (not only after you reload the page or "come back").
    – MarioDS
    Jun 8, 2014 at 14:04
  • @MDeSchaepmeester well, yes - it will show the last edit you wrote, as soon as you click the "edit" link. Jun 8, 2014 at 14:06


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