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I was typing a comment under a question, and the owner deleted the question while I was in the middle of typing. This killed the text I had typed so far, and now I can't get it back. This seems like suboptimal design to me. Someone else's action should not delete the text I was typing, with no way for me to recover. (Note that I am a moderator so I can post comments on deleted posts.)

Here's the specific situation where this happened. I closed a question, and then was in the middle of typing a comment to explain why it was closed and how the poster could improve their question. The poster deleted their question immediately, before I could finish the comment. This is the second time it has happened to me.

Now I suppose we could say, if the poster doesn't care about their question, then there's no use in posting a comment anyway. However, it still feels unfriendly to trash what I've typed so far, without warning, and without possibility of recovering it.

So, that's the problem. Better behavior would be: if the question is deleted, and I'm in the middle of typing a comment, then preserve the comment text if I 'click to refresh'. Alternatively, if the question is deleted while I'm typing a comment, don't pop up a notice that prevents me from getting to my text; let me save it by copy-paste before clicking to refresh.

  • So write the comment first? You can't submit comments on deleted questions, so saving your half-written comment is pointless. – Catija Apr 5 '16 at 1:48
  • It's not a big, you can't submit, a comment to a deleted question – Ramhound Apr 5 '16 at 4:15
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    @Catija, actually, I can, on the site that I moderate: ♦-moderators can post comments on deleted questions, and sometimes users rescue their question and undelete it. This may be a bit of a special case, admittedly! As far as "write the comment first", certainly if I knew a user was going to do that on a particular post, I'd do things differently, but it seems unreasonable to adjust my workflow on every post based on this corner case. OK, I can understand this being declined on the basis that it affects too few users, but I thought I'd document the less-than-optimal UI. – D.W. Apr 5 '16 at 4:22
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    As a bug, I disagree with this, and it will most likely be marked status-bydesign. You have better chance, in my opinion, by marking it as a feature-request. (I agree it might not be ideal design by the team, but that's the current behavior, for good or for bad.) – ShaWiz Apr 5 '16 at 5:51
  • I updated your question to reflect you are a moderator. That gives some context to your question. I also agree this is a feature request so I tagged it that way. Feel free to revert. – Patrick Hofman Apr 5 '16 at 6:11
  • @ShadowWizard, OK, it's been edited to be a feature-request. That works for me too. (I've never really felt like I fully grokked the difference between the two, so thanks for the suggestion.) – D.W. Apr 5 '16 at 17:56

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