I just spent about an hour writing a post on the Pew Research survey on media bias. I posted it, then went to look at it. I was rather shocked to see just the title and no text.
“Don’t panic”, I thought. I can just go restore one of the revisions from the autosave feature and type in the rest. So, I go to the autosaves and, guess what, they are all empty as well. Interesting.
I lack the desire to retype the whole blog, so this is my post for the day. Lame, I know.
I did a little checking around and found out that I am not the only one who has found that hitting “publish” has eradicated a post. As such, I’d suggest switching to HTML view (this ensures you’ll get all the HTML code) and copying a post before hitting the publish button. I normally do that, but forgot that time. If the post vanishes, just go back to editing it and then paste in the post. If you are really paranoid (as you should be), then you can paste the post into a text editor and save it.
Alternatively, you can write your blog into a text editor (or offline blogging program) and then paste it into WordPress.
The vanishing post problem hasn’t happened to me often (twice so far), but when it does happen, it is rather annoying.
Now, if you have a post that gets deleted from the WordPress site, it is possible to restore it. The details are here.
T. J. Babson says
I blame Sarah Palin.
I’ll stick with George Bush. Seems to still work for just about anything.
It really, really, REALLY sucks when that happens. After that happened three or four times, I now find myself copying the entire html version to notepad just before saving a draft or publishing – just in case. It’s come in handy a couple times.
And, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Pew report.
T. J. Babson says
On second thought I blame Bristol Palin. Given all the media attention she has received, she must have done something to deserve it. And if it weren’t for her, the press would be all over Rangel’s difficulty paying his taxes…wouldn’t they?
Oh yes, of course. Who needs a media bias report from Pew?
What media bias? George Stephanopoulos does not have private meetings with the President and the administration does not have a strong tie with GE, owners of NBC and MSNBC. Look what you can buy in NBC’s news store…
I wonder if they did that for Bush?