20100212

Problem ID: 6125526197448543697
Entered by: Ben Simo
Is there a problem here?  

Auto delete is a bug, not a feature

I am in the middle of editing a blog post that was uploaded to Blogger long ago. I select some text to move and accidently press X instead of CTRL-X. Instead of being moved to the clipboard, the selected text is deleted and replaced with the letter x. I quickly attempt to press CTRL-Z to undo my typo and all the text and an image disappear from the blog post editor. Not sure what I pressed, I press CTRL-Z and the document is still blank.



Then I notice that Blogger has chosen to automatically save my document while it was in an accidently bad state. After this save, undo doesn't work. My text is gone. My image is gone.  I did not press any save button.

So instead of automatically saving my document so that I don't inadvertently lose the product of my work, the auto-save feature deleted my document by saving it while it was in a state in which I did not want it saved.  I would prefer to press a save button on my own.

  Edit

2 Comments:

March 8, 2010 at 8:42 AM  
Comment ID: 5332158602024129596
Written by: deepstructure

Just had this happen to me. I had four days of work on a post just disappear when I pressed cntrl-z twice, and then Blogger auto-saved and poof! there goes my entire post. and as far as i can tell there's no multiple draft or previous versions to retrieve.

January 4, 2011 at 8:00 PM  
Comment ID: 8943039262684112229
Written by: Michael Bolton http://www.developsense.com

There is a problem here:

...the auto-save feature deleted my document by saving it while it was in a state in which I did not want it saved. I would prefer to press a save button on my own.

The problem is in presuming that there is only one way to do auto-save (i.e. the silly way Blogger and 98% of the rest of the world does it). There are other ways, and version control software is a shining example. I don't know why OS filesystems, after Lord knows how many years we've had the reverse-delta concept, are not versioned.

---Michael B.

Post a Comment