Computer: Web: Cookie
"post" cache   (+2)  [vote for, against]
Retrieve material posted to the web

Sometimes, for various reasons, text which gets posted into a web site doesn't get correctly processed. The browser knows what was sent, and keeps such information in its cache. Unfortunately, I know of no way to get such information out of the browser.

I'd like to see a means of recalling recently-submitted POST requests to allow material to be cut/pasted into some other document.
-- supercat, Jun 09 2003

[Amos Kito, Oct 04 2004]

Usually, hitting the Back button is enough to retrieve POSTs.
-- DrCurry, Jun 09 2003

I.E. does something like this, if you want it to. In fact, everytime I post a link here then go to add a description, I get a list of the previous descriptions I.E. remembers. It does the same for usernames/passwords, if you like.

What's missing is the ability to report on what's in the cache, and I don't know of an easy way to do that. I suspect the data is in a file associated with the current user, but I've not done any research on the subject.
-- phoenix, Jun 09 2003

Unfortunately, sometimes re-posting to the same site isn't adequate or useful. For example, some web sites use session-id's which expire after a certain period of time. Attempting to submit a post with an invalid session ID is useless; re-submitting the same post with the same session ID won't help anything.
-- supercat, Jun 09 2003

Seems to me this would be useful for hacking the previous user's passwords and other such information. So I would sincerely hope it's not cached anywhere.
-- DrCurry, Jun 09 2003

DrCurry: Since passwords are generally entered using a field of input type="password", it should be a simple matter to exclude such information from the cache. On a related note, https: puts should likewise not be cached in clear-text format.
-- supercat, Jun 09 2003

I use the "Roboform" plug-in [link], to fill forms -- great for shipping info in online orders. It will remember most of what you type, although it isn't really a cache -- it dynamically fills the form based on content. If there's an error, I always have to do minor fixes to long forms again, unchecking the "send me a bunch of Spam" checkbox, etc. As DrCurry said, sometimes the Back button in IE does the trick.

//I would sincerely hope it's not cached anywhere//
Doc, this site (HB) gets locked into the Internet Explorer "History", when I log on at work (which of course I never do, just hypothetically speaking). I can click my log-in right there in the drop-down Address Box, even after restarting IE. Those "idle mode" PC's have permanent settings, and they sure ain't set right.
-- Amos Kito, Jun 09 2003

Third party PCs, especially ones at work, cannot be trusted with secure information. They can have all sorts of keyboard trackers, etc., and go through all sorts of proxy servers, etc., without you being any the wiser, meaning that the IT department can have a jolly old laugh at all the strange sites you visit, and a darn good time in Aruba on your credit card.
-- DrCurry, Jun 09 2003

[DrCurry] IT Department, don't be so paranoid <snigger> <snigger> ;)
-- silverstormer, Jun 09 2003

I usually don't vote for ideas in the web category but this would be very easily implemented by browsers and incredibly useful. A third party application running in the background might also be able to accomplish this.
-- calculust, Jun 10 2003

I've gotten in the habit of using the clipboard and text editor, for basically the same reasons I've gotten in the habit of using ctrl-S (save) on standalone apps.
-- LoriZ, Aug 12 2010

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