Auto-saving Drafts (posts and PMs)


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Auto-saving Drafts (posts and PMs)
« on May 7th, 2011, 01:02 PM »
Feature: Auto-saving Drafts (posts and PMs)
Developer: Arantor
Target: users
Status: 95% (complete; one bug left to fix.)

Have you ever yelled at your PC/browser for crashing right in the middle of writing a post about Life, the Universe and everything? The answer is 42, which is the average number of times in a year you'll get to thank Pete for writing this feature.
If you're writing a post but feel like finishing it later, you don't have to keep that tab open... Just use the Save Draft feature to access the post later in your profile area, draft section. You can then resume the edit process and finally complete your message. If the topic is locked before your draft is completed, you're given the option to post it as a new topic. Drafts now have a maximum lifetime, avoiding abandoned drafts that are no longer going to be posted. And user can delete all of their drafts in a single click.
Even better, your posts are automatically saved every 30 seconds (can be configured), so that you don't lose your post if your computer crashes. And finally, Pete added to Wedge the same feature for personal messages. Now you know what to do.

Re: Auto-saving Drafts (posts and PMs)
« Reply #1, on May 7th, 2011, 01:37 PM »
Thank you Pete, this will probably be the most used feature for me. Posts requiring some thought have been seen lingering in my text editor for hours if not days before cutting and pasting a reply.  :thanks:

Re: Auto-saving Drafts (posts and PMs)
« Reply #2, on May 7th, 2011, 01:49 PM »
For those wondering, it's like the feature here only more intuitive and supports PMs.

Also note that it only saves if you actually type something, so instead of just saving every 30 seconds like this version does, it will only save if there's something new to change :)

Re: Auto-saving Drafts (posts and PMs)
« Reply #3, on May 7th, 2011, 01:59 PM »
Which is nice, because basically I would often reply to something, and after a minute decide I don't want to. I just hate having to delete my draft after that. Wedge also offers you to delete your draft manually from within the post window.

BTW Pete, can't remember -- did you implement the auto-purging of old drafts already?

Re: Auto-saving Drafts (posts and PMs)
« Reply #4, on May 7th, 2011, 02:37 PM »
I believe I did actually, take a look in the draft settings page in Posts & Topics, defaulting to 7 days.