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Forum eats replies

I've seen it happening before, and it's happening again for me now: I can't reply to certain forum posts even though they have a reply button. My reply just gets eaten and doesn't post; the page reloads and everything I've typed is gone, the page looks as if I've just opened that forum thread.
An example is the latest posting on the thread about international entries in contests: I can't reply to the user from Taiwan who is asking whether s/he can enter.
There is no error message or anything. This is frustrating and makes me not want to use the forums anymore.

If it helps: I'm using SeaMonkey on XP.

Can anyone enlighten me?

Edited to add: it looks like I can't even post a new message (this one). I keep ending up on a blank page. I gave it several tries but it didn't work... then, ten minutes later, it worked.

Kiteman1 year ago
This is an old, randomly-recurring bug, that has persisted through a number of major revisions of the site. If it is happening to you, it is a good idea to copy the text of a post before hitting the post button, just in case you need to re-post it.
Hack42Moem (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
Not a lot of comfort there, but at least it's not just me. Thx.
Having spoken to the dev team several times about this over the years, I know that it has caused them a lot of hassle, not least because it is very intermittent, and it is impossible for users to give details (such as screen shots) of something that didn't happen.
True, for long-term acquainted users, the charm of this site is that "It is wonky". Normal expectation is not to change the user experience of knowing that you spent some thought and time into writing something and it should be retained when you hit the enter button. So use protection precaution when using the site.
kelseymh1 year ago
Nom, nom, nom.
Hack42Moem (author)  kelseymh1 year ago
Maybe I should try to write less tasty replies?
Perhaps. But then, what's tasty to a Forum may not seem so tasty to you, eh?