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I get emails showing posts but posts are not there

  1. Jul 18, 2011 #1

    phinds

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    Several times now, in just a few weeks, I've gotten emails showing a detailed response post and then when I go to the thread, that post is not there. So I got back later and it's STILL not there. It never shows up.

    Is there an explanation for how/why this is happening?

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  3. Jul 18, 2011 #2

    Fredrik

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    The only reasonable explanations are: a) The person who posted it deleted it. b) A moderator deleted it.

    People delete their own posts because they realize they didn't like what they said. Perhaps they realized that they had misunderstood the question, or that they had made a mistake and don't have time to think about how to fix it right away.

    Mentors delete posts that break forum rules.

    Don't bother waiting for it to show up. If it's not there when you come here, it's not ever going to show up. It was posted a moment before you got the email, and got deleted later.
     
  4. Jul 18, 2011 #3

    DaveC426913

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    Yep. I do this occasionally. Get partway through answering a question when I realize it's all wrong or will just make things more confusing.
     
  5. Jul 18, 2011 #4

    phinds

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    Well, I realize that folks may delete their own posts and that moderators may delete some posts, but Dave, are you saying that the email is sent even if they don't hit "submit" on their answer? THAT would definitely explain it.

    The ones I am talking about clearly did not break any forum rules, but I can easily see how the poster may have written them then read through the thread again and realized that they did NOT want to post that after all.

    If an email goes out when you do NOT "submit" a response (just type it in then quit the thread instead of hitting submit) then I'm going to make sure I erase such posts (when I do that myslef, which I do) before I leave the thread.
     
  6. Jul 18, 2011 #5

    DaveC426913

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    No.

    I confess, I do a final proof after I've submitted.

    It's a terrible waste of system resources (the whole point of a preview feature is to edit your posts without eating server time) but I've learned through tears and heartbreak to always save my work as soon as possible.

    This is normally common sense in any word or other editing program, but it works just as well in online editing fields. Way too many times I've typed a long response, hit preview and the page just never comes back. Too bad, so sad. So it is unconscious now to Ctrl-C then submit.
     
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