I am sorry the forum is causing you so much agony. This is the first time I am aware of these issues.
» 1) The first and foremost problem is that even when you aren’t logged in,
» you can still click the “Reply” button, which then still brings up the
» normal text window for posting; you can then spend a lot of time writing
» a long, intricate post (doing a “Preview” regularly, to reset the posting
» timer – see problem #2 below). Then when you’re finally finished and you
» click the “OK-Submit” button, all the text that you just finished writing
» DISAPPEARS into the “bit-bucket” forever, and you are taken to a screen
» that tells you that you have to be logged-in to post, and then prompts you
» to do just that. Everything you just wrote is GONE, and cannot be
» retrieved. That design is ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE, and must be changed.
» The software needs to tell you IMMEDIATELY that you need to be logged-on
» to post, not an hour later after you’ve written (for example) 10 pages of
» detailed text.
I just tested what you said. I tried to REPLY to a post without logging in. When I clicked REPLY, it brings me to the LOGIN screen. Not doubting you, but I need to test this again.
» 2) There is also a timer that starts the moment you begin writing a post.
» I don’t know exactly what the duration is, but I believe it’s around 5-15
» minutes. If you exceed that limit without clicking the “Preview” button
» or the “OK-Submit” button, everything you wrote again gets dumped when you
» eventually do try to submit it, and you have to start all over again.
» THIS RESTRICTION MUST CEASE. I don’t know of any other forum that has
» such a time limit in place. It’s completely unnecessary.
Let me check with the programmer on this. I couldn’t find the timer on this. For the time being, the best thing to do before you SUBMIT a post is to RIGHT CLICK your mouse, choose SELECT ALL, COPY, before you click SUBMIT. This way you can always RIGHT CLICK and PASTE the contents again if something happens.
» 3) There needs to be a provision of some kind for when you go to post
» your text with the “OK-Submit” button, and there is a (momentary?) lag on
» the Internet of some kind which causes a time-out because of no response
» from the server, which then results in an error message and (again) a
» total loss of everything you’ve written. There may be technical problems
» with browsers which could prevent a good solution for THAT problem,
» though, but it needs to be addressed in some way. I don’t think it’s
» insoluble. It might require a change in the browser software itself.
» 4) A relatively minor complaint I have is the fact that you cannot edit
» your posts once a short amount of time has passed (I believe it’s 5
» minutes). That’s also an unnecessary restriction, although it’s not
» nearly as obnoxious as having your entire post disappear as in #1 and #2
Now changed. You have 120 mins to edit your post.