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I hate that - happens to me alla time. I get sidetracked while I'm typing. If I think I might be going to time out, I open FAA in a second window and do some aimless navigating to keep me alive, go back to my lengthy post and work on it some more, but go do some browsing once in a while. Remembering to copy is probably easier, but it just pisses me off too much to get timed out.
Check out a firefox addin called Lazarus. it works nicely.
Also, tag, title and caption your images before uploading. That helps you get done with the upload info screen before you get nailed by a random, unexpected timeout.
Thanks, Greg. Yes, I do that to my images. This time the "gotcha" was in writing a discussion post.
I did not yet look at Lazarus, but I can almost guess what it does by the name. It must raise SOMETHING from the dead! LOL
Ultimately, I think the best way to prevent this is to simply open a text editor and write offline. When you are ready to post, cut and paste. This way, no matter which new pesty, irritating bug FAA tries to ambush you with, it can't.
The nice thing about Lazarus is that there is nothing to remember to do. Often I think I'm going to write a simple one-liner comment, and (gasp) 15 to 20 minutes later realize I'm bloviating in pedantic but brilliant prose. And if that time lag is of that magnitude, guess what, when I hit submit, I'm not going to be logged in. A more primitive solution is to Ctrl-A, Ctrl-C to save the entire message field before you submit, but even that is easy to forget.
Yes, I like Juergen's bugs too - I never thought that this time out thing is a bug because a bug is a mistake and this happens on purpose - which makes me dislike it even more. There is no logic to it whatsoever, considering other sites I belong to can remember me for months and as soon as I open the window it says HI, Virginia!
Hello its happened to me as well, but FAA is no the only place, other application take a time out if you do nothing at all and you lose everything there and have to restart, most of those might give you an time warning when to complete forms etc. Good suggestion about doing it in WP and saving it and then copy and paste. Cheers Michael Hoard