May 13, 2003


Rob Schaap is, as Patrick Nielsen Hayden says of Daniel Davies, an inspiration to men of good will and bad attitude everywhere. Somebody needs to take up a collection to get Rob off of Blogspot and onto Moveable Type--that or Google needs to pour much, much more money into making sure that Blogspot doesn't lose half-composed posts.

blogorrhoea: WARNING TO NEWBIE BLOGGERS: NEVER write long, carefully composed and hauntingly beautiful posts straight into Blogger. The link will break just as you attempt to post it and you'll lose the !*#@! lot. Sigh.

Posted by DeLong at May 13, 2003 03:30 PM | TrackBack


OK, so this still doesn't explain the weirdness with *this* blog whereby many posters hit "Post", have their submission time out in the browser, and then hit "Post" again...except that both of these did get submitted. This has led to the phenomenon where the number of real posts can be half the number of the claimed number.

Does the proprietor know what's up with his webserver in this regard? :-)

Posted by: Jonathan King on May 13, 2003 10:52 PM

We need a "Blogger beware" wiki that all could contribute to - I hate to see everyone making the same mistakes.

Here's hoping Rob is smarter than me and only makes that mistake once.

Posted by: anna on May 13, 2003 11:38 PM

I avoid Vanishing Post Syndrome by doing a Select All and Copy before hitting the "post" button. If Blogger whacks out, I can always paste the selection elsewhere and retrieve it later. Also, if I'm working on a long post, I'll crank out a few paragraphs, save as draft, crank out more, save again...

Posted by: Alan K. Henderson on May 14, 2003 12:06 AM

I think Alan K got it. I'm sticking with Blogger, especially since everybody decided to move over to MT. I have a congenital difficulty with what 'everyone else' does.

C'mon Blogger ain't that bad!! When I get to write the 'secret history' of Bonobo Land, maybe more of you will get to appreciate some of Blogger's less publicised advantages.

Posted by: Edward Hugh on May 14, 2003 01:56 AM

Poor is a problem Davies has and pour is what Google should do I said as I called the kettle black.

Posted by: LowLife on May 14, 2003 04:53 AM

I think Herr Doktor DeLong's problems with multiple posts might easily be solved by him moving his backend database from Berkeley DB or MySQL 3.* to something more robust - something with support for transactions, and a little code to check that a post isn't a repeat.

Posted by: Abiola Lapite on May 14, 2003 06:51 AM
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