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I just spent three hours constructing an very long and comprehensive answer -- and then my internet connection dropped (the perils of living on rural England).

Is there anyway to resuscitate my response (I'm not going to spend 3 hours on the task) or is it lost forever.?

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  • This Meta SE Q&A suggests that there may be some hope: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1177/…. Hopefully, you will not be stymied by "Drafts are not supported on self-answer.". – PolyGeo Dec 20 '16 at 19:04
  • This won't help for your lost answer, but an option for the future might be to use something offline, like MarkdownPad2, then copy and paste the answer once you are done. markdownpad.com/news/2013/introducing-markdownpad-2 – Jan Murphy Dec 21 '16 at 6:28
  • @polygeo Hasn't worked for me. It easn't a self-anser, but it still vanished without trace. – user104 Dec 21 '16 at 7:10
  • I cannot remember whether I've ever seen it work. I think I may have on occasion, but I also think that I have seen no draft available much more often. I tend to just use Notepad to write drafts of posts longer than I am willing to risk to my flaky browser/graphics card combination. – PolyGeo Dec 21 '16 at 7:18
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    I know I've part-written an answer before, then navigated away, and on returning found the draft still there. But I just tested it (only wrote a couple of lines then left the page) and it didn't work. Tried again, left it longer, and saw "draft saved" under the answer field, and did recover the draft on return. @PolyGeo's link notes there is only one "answer" draft (per user?) which is cleared on sumbission of any answer. And if you had more than one answer field active, I'm not sure which one would get to save the draft. – AndyW Dec 21 '16 at 10:23
  • @PolyGeo Can you advised what feature has been implemented or bug fixed to warrant a status-completed tag? As far as I can tell the problem still exists. – ColeValleyGirl Jun 27 '18 at 7:29
  • It's set to Status Completed because meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1177/… is set to Status Completed. This is not functionality that we can control from G&FH SE, but if you think the Meta SE Q&A has the wrong status feel free to raise it there. – PolyGeo Jun 27 '18 at 7:41
  • @PolyGeo that question was marked as status-completed 6 years before this question was opened! But I'm not going to die in a ditch over it. – ColeValleyGirl Jun 27 '18 at 10:41
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This Meta SE Q&A suggests that there may be some hope: Allow questions to be saved as drafts prior to posting.

Hopefully, you will not be stymied by "Drafts are not supported on self-answer."

I cannot remember whether I've ever seen it work. I think I may have on occasion, but I also think that I have seen no draft available much more often. I tend to just use Notepad to write drafts of posts longer than I am willing to risk to my flaky browser/graphics card combination.

@AndyW has reported some success in some circumstances (but not others):

I know I've part-written an answer before, then navigated away, and on returning found the draft still there. But I just tested it (only wrote a couple of lines then left the page) and it didn't work. Tried again, left it longer, and saw "draft saved" under the answer field, and did recover the draft on return.

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