The MyLot Disappearing Act

@zeloguy (4915)
United States
May 1, 2011 12:56am CST
It has happened to me all too often. The MyLot website is slow enough for me to get a time-out. I happen to accidentally hit the BACK button. I close my browser when I meant only to close a tab. The computer reboots itself (by itself!). All these things lead to what you are writing in MyLot to be erased. Sucks when you write a nice long post and poof; it's gone. I have resorted to writing my posts in Word and sometimes in GoogleDocs and have autosave on just to make sure this doesn't happen. I am wondering if others out there do the same thing or resort to different ways of not losing their posts or post directly to the site or have had it happen them that a post they have written has goon "poof". Thanks Zelo
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17 responses
@adnileb (5017)
• Philippines
1 May 11
That happens to me often too. Good thing you can copy and paste. As for me, I have to type them over again and it's so annoying I can't remember exactly what I had typed so the sense of my message was changed. Sometimes, when I use the back button, then go forward again, my message is still there, that's lucky me sometimes. But most of the time, I don't if it's a coincidence of bad luck, that when I type super long comments, they're gone!
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
1 May 11
You are getting really close to 500 so you will soon be able to copy/paste which makes it a lot easier to protect yourself against slow internet connections... hang in there. Thanks Zelo
@adnileb (5017)
• Philippines
1 May 11
Yeah, that's my next goal, to get to 500. Still a long way, but I can do it! For the sake of copy and paste. Thanks!
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@adnileb (5017)
• Philippines
1 May 11
Thanks! A friend request to you then?
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@zralte (4186)
• India
1 May 11
I usually copy everything I typed before submitting. That way, if my computer or internet goes off on me, I can paste it and not have to type it all over. But then what you have mentioned is supposedly an accident, so I don't know what you can do with that.
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• Australia
1 May 11
Hi zralte..this is a wise and clever idea. Thanks for sharing this. I will do this as I post new discussions and comments to news, blogs and discussions. Have a great day!
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
1 May 11
That is something else I do as well. It's a great idea to have whatever you wrote in cache so you can paste it if something goes wrong. I have once or twice pasted what I wrote to the wrong post when I meant to paste my signature however. Everything has its ups and downs but this is a good one! Thanks for the response Zelo
• Australia
1 May 11
Indeed, a good idea to follow upon. It is a better way of saving your time and energy in composing your response. It saves your time as well. ^_^
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• Philippines
1 May 11
hi! I have many a time lost what I typed, and I could not retrieve it. Thankfully someone helped me here in myLot. First of all, I use Mozilla Firefox because it prompts whether or not we want to resend all the things you did if an error occurs. I also found it's faster in processing my myLot activities.If you accidentally press the back button, I don't know what to do with that. I'm careful to always press the Refresh Button nowadays. If you accidentally closed the tab just press Ctrl+Shift+T and it will return the last Tab you closed. I can't copy+paste my words because I have not reached rank 500 yet, so these have been really helpful to me! :D
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
1 May 11
Wow, I think of myself as knowing a lot about the internet, browsers, etc... did not know the CTRL+SHFT+TAB trick... I am going to try that just to see how it works. That is really cool! Thanks Zelo
• Philippines
1 May 11
Actually, it's Ctrl+SHift+T (as in the letter T). I tried Ctrl+Shift+TAB and it didn't work... I was amazed when I first found out about it too! :D
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
1 May 11
... and that is why it didn't work. Hehe... thanks again for the GREAT tip! Zelo
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
1 May 11
It could be that mylot is overloaded. I did think it was because I use a trackpad andI do not press it down hard enough or I press it down hard. I do not want to get a mouse now but I am considering writing off line and then uploading it. What bothers me is when I press either the post response or and it takes a while to get through and then I backspace, but it did get through but the only way is when I close mylot and reopen it. It could also be because of not emptying the cache. I find that helps, but not that much.
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
4 May 11
Yes, there are a lot of times MyLot servers are just overloaded and the page times out. That is really crappy firstly because I want to answer as many people as possible (many times I will have 4 or 5 MyLot windows open waiting to connect). There is a lot of new technology out there that can help us on our journeys of making sure our voice is heard (and not just by us!). Thanks Zelo
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
4 May 11
I only have two ;or three mylot pages open at a time and mainly because of the times that the servers are overloaded. I do not want to have any more. I do want to comment on all my posts as I want to have the conversation going, although at some cases, I do not feel like it because sometimes I get a feeling that that person just wants an argument. Then there is the one response where I cannot think of an answer or they put a lot of smilies, But most of the time, I usually comment.
@gerald_lian (2194)
• Australia
1 May 11
Believe me when I say this has happened to me all too often too - write a nice long response, hit the "post response" button and then get a "Internet Explorer could not open the page" message (which means your post is gone if you didn't copy it). I normally remind myself to copy my post every time I write a response to a discussion, but after a while I go back to my habit of not doing it and then the same thing happens again and I am left frustrated. Honestly speaking, if only myLot could do an auto-save function after a certain number of words of characters typed (just like what Microsoft Word does every now and then when you're working on a document), then the panic and fear would be less pronounced...... I think the amount of cash I could have lost due to all the unretrievable posts could amount to more than $1......
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
1 May 11
I agree and the poster above you sounds as if they do the same thing... as for the $$$ I don't know what or how that all happens and really am not here for the little amount of money that I make here... with that said though, I will play games with myself to see if I can beat how much I made the day before! Gotta have fun. Thanks Zelo
• Australia
1 May 11
Well, all the best......if you play games with yourself, you can only be the winner there!
@lingli_78 (12852)
• Australia
4 May 11
it happened to me a lot as well in the past but not anymore... mylot had been pretty good to me recently... i can understand how you feel and it is really annoying when it happened, isn't it??? take care and have a nice day...
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
4 May 11
Yes, recently they have been pretty good. Their servers still let flooded and I still want to make sure my responses are not lost so I take the extra time to COPY before I POST. Seems a faster way to do things and keeps me safe as well. It seems adding pictures can play havoc a lot of times too! Thanks Zelo
@SIMPLYD (72479)
• Philippines
2 May 11
That's what i am trying to avoid. Typing a discussion and then suddenly internet slowed down. So, to avoid that, i would type my discussions on Word and copy, paste it to Mylot's new discussion. But as to responses, i have some responses that went unposted because of that. Sad, but what can i do. . .
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
4 May 11
I actually wrote you a response and it disappeared. How ironic is that? Anyway yes it is good to protect yourself just in case something like that does happen. To take 2 extra seconds can save a lot more time in the long run. Thanks Zelo
@keshia2007r (2886)
• United States
1 May 11
As the first mylotter states, I too copy everything I post so I will not have to case of disapperaring acts as well. I remember first starting mylot and I wasn't aware of the bad connection, and I will write healthy discussion topics only to find out that I can not submit because of a bad request. This frustrates me the most with mylot. Even as I copy and past everything their connections still frustrates me to this day. Call me crazy, but I'm more the 99.9% sure mylot make me loose my internet connection. Everytime I'm on mylot I lose my connection. If I exit mylot my connection is strong again. I can't win with this site, but I love this site so its a win, loose situation.
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
4 May 11
One thing it did do for me is made me hurry as quickly as I could to 500 which meant that my postings were not the best and I think I hit 500 with a rating of 8 (it was 5 years ago so hard to remember). I had to then work on the QUALITY of my posts and before I sent anything to hit Copy to make sure if it did timeout on me I still had my work Thanks, Zelo
• United States
1 May 11
I've had my internet explorer unexpectedly close for absolutely no reason while using MyLot, however my IE8 "restore last session" option is really useful, all my previous tabs open back up but I do lose my progress, oh well, you win some you lose some.
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
4 May 11
Yes. IE9 is even better at that and Firefox 4 is also very good at restoring last sessions. Sometimes I can get my data sometimes I can't. It's hit/miss. Thanks Zelo
@GardenGerty (86318)
• Marion, Kansas
1 May 11
I do not have that problem, at least not on my laptop. However, I stay logged in all the time, and I do not know if that is why it is better or if it is the fact that this is Window's 7. What used to happen to me would be that I would hit post and it would take forever to load. When it did load, I might have two, or as many as four copies of the same post. When that would happen I learned to copy the post, then if it did not post I would just paste it in again. Like I said, I got a new laptop last fall and many of my problems are gone now.
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
4 May 11
A lot of the newer browsers out there are A LOT faster now and they use a lot less memory which does help things. IE7/8 is bloated like everything Microsoft... M$ Explorer 9 seems a lot better. I stick with Firefox and Chrome and that helps out a bunch (although Firefox 4 has come under fire as using a lot of memory with a lot of windows open). Yes... copy/post is another way (and a way I use at times) to make sure I don't lose my work. Then if I have the response wiped away I can paste from the cache. The newbies will learn :) Thanks Zelo
@visavis (5945)
• Philippines
1 May 11
Yeah sometimes happened to me when in my last word to typing suddenly meltdown the monitor and shutdown but sometimes I copy it to note pad and save. Another thing is when you complete your comments or responsed I must copy it because sometimes never accepted right away to I have a back up to paste it again - little clever moved but worthy. see you around
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
4 May 11
Yes it is very good to use the copy/paste. I wish MyLot would allow people to use it after say 250 responses instead of 500 or place restrictions on what they can copy/paste... like you could copy/paste text but not links or something. It would really help out the new people. Thanks Zelo
@wolfie34 (26893)
• United Kingdom
1 May 11
Hello my friend! Well I learn the hard way and too many times I have responded with what I class as a tip top, from the heart discussion and then Mylot freezes, or the response isn't accepted, or another equally annoying message comes up only to inform you that the wonderful response has vanished, completed! Then comes the obscenities and fist movements. So now every, and I mean EVERY discussion and response no matter how small or long it is I copy and paste! That way if Mylot does go down or something goes wrong, no problemo, I can recopy it, panic over!
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
4 May 11
WOLF! Yeah, I have been there. I have been screaming at my monitor with my hands in my head before and that's why I take the two seconds to copy/paste myself JUST TO MAKE SURE that everything is OK. Great to hear from you! Zelo
@SHAMRACK (8350)
• India
1 May 11
Dear friend, Sometimes I this kind of getting erased situation is also faced by me. It occurs mostly when I accendentily pressing my own figures. But at times I just use that copy and paste after typing here and just copy it in case it is erased.
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
4 May 11
Yes. I have gone more to writing on here and then copying my work before posting instead of using an external program to write my posts (which takes more time). It seems to be working... let's hope it continues to work! Thanks Zelo
@stephcjh (32386)
• United States
1 May 11
I hate it when that happens. If I write something that is really long, I usually copy it before pressing post, that way, if I should lose it, I can paste it again.
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
4 May 11
VERY good idea... especially if you have a long post that you put a lot of thought into and worked really hard on! Thanks Zelo
@maharlikah (1045)
• Philippines
1 May 11
It happened to me one time too, and as far as I can remember, the long text I typed were gone. I did not bother retyping it anymore, I just look for another topic that interests me and there I already have posted my response leaving the first post to be, forgotten. :-)
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
1 May 11
I have done the same... just abandoned something because I didn't feel like typing everything I had just typed AGAIN. It is sad because there are a lot of us out there that this happens to and I am SURE there are a lot of posts that are really good that never make it to the discussion! Thanks Zelo
@raj_gupta (312)
• India
1 May 11
This happens all the time here as we get tons of power cut and each time power goes the wifi modem restarts and the net connection gets interrupted. This is a bigger problem for beginner like us as we can't even paste...!!! 500 posts is still a long way away.
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
1 May 11
I can remember FIVE years ago (maybe longer?) when I started with MyLot and had the same frustration of not being able to paste. I understand their position but I also understand there are times when it is needed and maybe 250 is a better number than 500. Responding to 20 a day will get you to 500 in 25 days. Just be sure to make your responses count (like you did with this one) so your rating (the star beside our names) is a 9 or 10. Great job~! Zelo
@KrauseHome (32040)
• United States
1 May 11
Well it sounds like you might consider having your hard drive reset to like New or reformatted, etc. and cleaned and see if that helps with your problems. I know even with my high speed internet things like this can happen here from time to time but it is just something you get used too and move on. There have been a couple of times where I wish I could have saved what I wrote when it did not appear but most of the time if I am in the mood I just retype it all and hope for the Best from there.
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
4 May 11
It's not anything with the hard-drive. It's human error and MyLot's inability to save data if the BACK button is hit. Of course for years we have been asking for a delete button as well and we have yet to see that implemented. We'll have to keep asking and keep waiting. Thanks Zelo