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Old 6th January 2012, 10:13 AM   #1
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Default Nightly maintenance problem

If I try to post at the time of nightly maintenance (currently around 11am GMT) it tells me that it will save my post and resubmit after 60 seconds. Two snags:
1. the saved text has lost formatting, such as blank lines.
2. if a second period of 60 secs is needed, then only the first line or so is submitted (I haven't counted how many characters).

A temporary workaround is to remember to do a copy of the text to the clipboard, then paste it back afterwards via the edit function.
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Old 6th January 2012, 10:17 AM   #2
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We should not need to do this.
The Forum should find a way to do it's essential housekeeping that does not affect Members in such a fundamental way.

I get caught most days with this.
I lose about 20% of the posts/replies that get caught.
I have another 10 to 20% that get truncated.
About 40% do not automatically reconnect after the shut down.

That results in only 20% (of the affected posts) that get through without further input/intervention from me.
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Old 6th January 2012, 10:34 AM   #3
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Could it be a server-browser interaction problem? I am using Firefox on XP.
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Old 6th January 2012, 10:43 AM   #4
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No.
I have been complaining about this ever since it was introduced.
Initially I was using an 18month old PC operating on XP SP2 and then SP3.
I have a new PC operating on win7. The symptoms are the same.
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Old 6th January 2012, 10:51 AM   #5
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I have the problem as well. (10:00PM at night for me, it used to be around 6:00PM) I get the same result as Andrew. As soon as I see my post has got the maintenance page I do as DF96 does and copy to the clipboard.

I guess in a way it is a small price to pay to guarantee the backups are good. Another forum I sometimes use lost about 10 years of history in a crash. They pieced back together what they could from waybackmachine, googles cache and other means, but didn't manage to restore everything.

Hot backups are tricky, and have their limitations Jason doesn't have the budget of a large IT dept unfortunately

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Old 6th January 2012, 11:37 AM   #6
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Yes, my post should be interpreted as a bug report rather than a complaint.
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Old 7th January 2012, 11:03 PM   #7
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Appreciate the comments. I'll try to work out something better for the future, the initial feedback I got about the auto-reposter I implemented to address this problem was very positive. I'm shocked to hear that only 20% of Andrew T's posts actually make it through.

In the meantime, I recommend using a text-area autosaver such as Lazarus if you are affected by this:

Chrome, Safari, Firefox: download - Lazarus: Form Recovery: Restore lost forms with a single click
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Old 9th January 2012, 09:00 AM   #8
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On FireFox, when it simply doesn't matter either what operating system or what computer I'd be using and if there is no packet drop to interrupt, then, in addition to running the text all together, the remaining error is one of truncation, much like this: First everything is working normally for 60 seconds. Then, when the auto-reposter attempts to function, it also truncat
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Old 9th January 2012, 09:28 AM   #9
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Can't you use the browser's "Back" button to get back to the screen where you typed the message?
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Old 9th January 2012, 10:05 AM   #10
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OK tonight I will do an experiment (provided I manage to look at the screen around 10:00PM.* I
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