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How do I delete the draft posting?

I found no way to cancel an unfinished edit. Here is my case. I wrote a couple of lines in the editor, then realized the whole idea was wrong. I couldn't find any 'cancel' button, so I reloaded the page - the edit is still there. I deleted the tab, reopened SO - the edit is still there. I restarted the browser, opened SO - the edit is still there. I started a browser on a different machine, opened the page - the edit is still there. I deleted all the text multiple times, reloaded the page - the edit is still there. I deleted the text, then pushed "Post answer", got an error for the empty answer, reloaded the page - the edit is still there. I eventually posted the answer, wrong as it is, in the hopes to then be able to delete it. Is this the only way, or do I have to look till the end of time on my botched attempt of an answer to this question?!

  • It only saves one draft so the current workaround is to go to another question and enter some garbage there! See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/71290/… – Martin Smith May 10 '11 at 22:34
  • See also: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/68140/… – Shog9 May 10 '11 at 22:35
  • Not sure I understand - was it your draft that was saved and continually present? It sounds like you only ever actually posted the answer once. Screenshots or specific steps to reproduce would help. – Daniel DiPaolo May 10 '11 at 22:35
  • I don't quite get what the problem is here. Why not just forget about your answer and leave it where it is? – Justin Morgan May 10 '11 at 22:39
  • Yes, it was the draft that was continually present. I never intended to post it, I only did so eventually to be able to delete the answer and by these crude means get rid of the "draft". Both linked questions answer mine. Poor thing is, I searched meta for "cancel edit" before asking, also looked through the list of existing questions when editing my question, but none matched my question like these two :-/ . I think the designers of SO should re-consider adding a 'cancel' button besides 'post answer', to get these issues out of the way. – ThomasH May 10 '11 at 22:48

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