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Lost HB Annos

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Problem:
Occasionally I type a long anno, or something well-worded (what? it could happen), but when I click OK I get "Page not found". This generally happens when someone renames their idea, deletes the idea, or destroys their account. It would be nice to get my words back, either to add to the renamed idea or just to print out and frame.

Idea:
Add a place on the bakery for lost annos. When an anno gets posted to an idea that doesn't exist, place the anno on some page meant for this and inform the user of what's happened. The annos can be deleted after some period of time.

Worldgineer, Mar 04 2005

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       it wouldn't actually *mean* anything without the idea though.
po, Mar 04 2005
  

       Or, they're just stored collectively and remain unavailable and invisible. When someone wants to annotate an idea, but has nothing to say, they click a button to retrieve a random selection from the well, all very homeless puppy adoption like.   

       (The Back button doesn't work for this?)
half, Mar 04 2005
  

       [po] True, unless the idea just changed names or your anno was fairly general. In the second case, you could look for a similar idea to add it to.   

       [half] Keeps it moist and pliable? Fair enough.
Worldgineer, Mar 04 2005
  

       If I ever fill out a time-consuming web-form, I copy the text into the buffer/clipboard.
contracts, Mar 04 2005
  

       [half] //The Back button doesn't work for this?// I just tried, and my Annotation box was blank (IE6). (later) Strange, I just tried it again and it worked. Not sure was different.   

       [contracts] I seem to do this every time except the time that it matters.
Worldgineer, Mar 04 2005
  

       I do that all the time and it works, World. I had to do it several times while wasting my time annotating an idea that had several name changes this morning. Interesting that it works sometimes and sometimes doesn't.   

       Maybe the same thing could be done with deleted annotations. They become free for the taking: original authorship untraceable.
half, Mar 04 2005
  

       I think it depends on your browser settings. At home, I'm set to "Check for newer versions of stored pages:" "Every visit to the page" and all works fine. At work, I'm going through a firewall and a proxy server and all sorts of crap, so I need to manually refresh to get the latest version. If you need to do this, maybe you keep the anno when you hit reverse gear.
If this *doesn't* work, then your text is gone for ever, I suspect. It cannot be assigned to some ghost page, because the HTML for the form sends it to foo.cgi which attempts to post it to page.html, or whatever, because that was in the 'post' command. If page.html is missing, you get the error. (Bear in mind that this is all speculation; I have very little idea how the Halfbakery actually works, I just know how *I*, with my extremely limited skills, would have made it work, if I'd thought of it first.)
angel, Mar 04 2005
  

       And not just annos. Spending time on the bakery, I sometimes look down at the clock and find that I’ve lost an hour. Where did it go? Does Jutta have it?
ldischler, Mar 04 2005
  

       Damned temporal vampire webmasters . . .
contracts, Mar 04 2005
  

       I can get you that hour back, but you'll have to spend it at the bakery.
pluterday, Mar 04 2005
  

       Damned time-traveling half bakers . . .
contracts, Mar 04 2005
  

       //Keeps it moist and pliable?// where does that one come from?
po, Mar 04 2005
  

       The random anno button.
Worldgineer, Mar 04 2005
  

       //where does that one come from?//
Someone used it earlier this week after you said your name used a small pee, po.
At least that's how I read it - it was on the now sadly deleted irregular google verb idea.
At least that's where I saw it last.
zen_tom, Mar 04 2005
  

       [zen] is right. It was a [UnaBubba] anno - I had just randomly picked an anno to steal to respond to [half]. It's even more appropriate now that it's idea has been removed.
Worldgineer, Mar 04 2005
  

       Our World Engineer
Simply loves his own words
Do not give him a beer
Simply capture and hoard
Every comment or sneer
He puts up on our board
  

       :)   

       Actually, since annotations are indexed by users anyway, if I were to do this I would simply have them trail off the profile
theircompetitor, Mar 04 2005
  

       yeah, I thought that too, zen. ta!
po, Mar 04 2005
  

       Personally, I hadn't a clue what he (World) meant by "Keeps it moist and pliable?" but, fearing the answer, I chose not to ask.
half, Mar 04 2005
  

       hah! very scary to have UB disturb a private moment...   

       UB is actually quite the gentleman.
po, Mar 04 2005
  

       you should know! hah.
po, Mar 04 2005
  

       quite innocent - honest!
po, Mar 04 2005
  

       So is my Spiderman costume.
Detly, Mar 05 2005
  

       I always make a habit of collecting my anno in the paste buffer prior to trying to post. It has saved me a couple of times. Not that it's a particularly good fix but rather just a preventative habit.
bristolz, Mar 07 2005
  

       I seem to do this every time except the time that it matters.
Worldgineer, Mar 07 2005
  
      
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