You spend a half an hour on a comment, spell checking and dotting all the I's only to later experience one of those moments of head smacking despair when you come to the realization that you navigated away from the page before hitting the "post" button. I am seriously hesitant to admit how many times this has happened to me, the last instance being a few minutes ago.
Is There A Solution?
I am by no means a fully fledged expert on these matters but I do believe that it is not terribly difficult to have the browser warn you when you leave a page if there is a situation that merits such a warning, in this case having a "hanging" comment that is being previewed but not yet posted.
But I am not sure this is a solution because I don't know enough about the scripting that runs the site here. It would be interesting if anyone more knowledgeable would weigh in on whether it would be a feasible option to have a pop-up warning appear when the writer tries to exit the page before a comment is posted. (It happens often that when I leave other pages elsewhere a pop-up asks me if I am sure I want to navigate away from there, so it would appear possible to have this happen.)
In the meantime it would be useful to know if this kind of lapse is a problem unique to me or if it is a problem that a significant number of Kossacks experience often enough to warrant attention.
Therefore I am putting up a poll to see how many have been through this and how the possible solution is viewed.