Attention Steemains - Save your posts before clicking the submit button!

in steem •  2 years ago

There have been a lot of users reporting about the Steemit.com website running slow, and actions not getting reported to the blockchain.

Symptoms include:

  • The website taking a very long time to process votes/posts/comments.
  • Errors that you cannot upvote more than once every 3 seconds, even though it has been longer than that.
  • Posts, comments, and votes getting lost (not being saved in the blockchain).

The dev team is aware of the issue and is looking into it (GitHub issue 1818).

In order to prevent posts and comments from getting lost, save a copy of your posts/comments in a text editor (such as notepad) before clicking the post button!

 
This way, if your post/comment is lost, you will have it saved somewhere and will not have lost all your work.

Also, check to see if your actions (such as posts/comments, upvotes, transfers, etc.) are recorded. To check the blockchain to see if an action was received, wait for around 30 seconds and then refresh the website and see if it is still there. You can also go to https://steemd.com/@youraccountname. If the action is not recorded there, it will need to be re-submitted.

Please resteem this post for visibility. (Payout declined)

Authors get paid when people like you upvote their post.
If you enjoyed what you read here, create your account today and start earning FREE STEEM!
Sort Order:  

You can also right click on the post tab, top right and click "open link in new tab" That would open up a copy of your post, just in case the one you submitted did not post. you can than try again.

·

Thanks for that helpful tip @zeartul

Thanks for the advice. Most of the comments are short and won't be a problem to type them in again but some of them can become pretty large, especially those ones that require explanations or details. Those are a good idea to have them saved. Same goes for posts, except for those users who just write posts in Twitter style :P
As an alternative for saving my posts in an external editor, I just use an alternative to steemit.com . Probably you heard of http://busy.org already. I'm using the beta version. Don't get me wrong, I'm not pushing you out of steemit I just point out an alternative

·

Yes, that is a good recommendation. I wasn't sure if Busy and the other sites were having similar issues, so I didn't want to label them 'safe'. I think saving a copy before submitting is a good idea regardless of which UI you are using.

·
·

Busy has auto-saved to Drafts ;) Users seems to appreciate this feature. You can then access all your drafts posts and manage it from the interface. The new Editor version (check last news) seems to work without any issue

·
·

Yes, in the end, it's a good habit to save your work as often as you can. That's why software this days, especially text editors come with autosave feature, heck, even the games now have autosave :) . So, yes, saving your work should be a good habit to get used to

Using these off site editors to write your posts can save you this trouble.

  • hackmd.io - Realtime collaborative markdown editor
    • Saves text as you write it.
    • Allows multiple people to easily edit a document at the same time.
  • MarkdownPad -Editor for windows
  • Haroopad - My favorite editor for linux, but also available for Mac, and Windows.

all of these editors offer a side-by-side view of your post showing you the preview while you write it, as well as support for multiple coding languages!

·

I opened an hackmd.io account but i have not been able to get through in using it once, I might contact you in discord to explain grey areas. Thanks.

·
·
·

I guess I need to start learning some of these off-site editors. I've been doing my best to stay only on steemit since there is so much effort needed for me to just learn this place. But thanks for the ideas and I will look at these and see if my weak technical brain can take anymore.

·
·

it get's easier! you're doing great! :)

·

thank you, I was looking for something like this - will check these out!

·

if on a mac i use these tools to make blogging much easier!

Resteemed. It didn't appear on my blog. This bug is really timed amusingly with my attempt to return to Steemit. I wonder if this comment will post.

·

Lol, I know. I actually had to post this post 4 times before it stuck.

·
·

And this is how I discovered busy.org . Helpful! So what's changed in the past year? I hear people buy votes now?

·
·
·

There is a market for that now, yes. Quite a few new features have been added. I think a lot more are in the pipeline.

·
·
·
·

Tell me more! Or link to a post that does. Need a quick update before I make a fool of myself.

·
·
·
·
·

The best source for major updates will be to go through the @steemitblog posts. There are also a lot of general UI updates, such as nsfw filters, profile pics (which you have obviously found), cover photos, and a FAQ page. There are quite a few more I'm sure, but if you explore the site you should be able to find a lot of the stuff that is different. Also, if you haven't checked out the welcome page, and FAQ (in the main menu) - they have a lot of good info.

·
·
·
·
·
·

I did all that. So far, the best thing I discovered is busy.org and apparently I can delegate voting power to get rewards through minnowbooster. Still figuring that out. I have more voting power than I need, so might as well let newbies use it, right?

·
·
·
·
·
·
·

Yes 🙂

Thanks @timcliff I have experimented the issue since some days and have been doing this.... I have been using NotePad as my second software nowadays! since I had to re write and re write and re write post... ;)
RESTEEMED! and translated to SPANISH TOO

https://steemit.com/spanish/@leotrap/atencion-steemians-graben-sus-posts-antes-de-enviarlos

·

Awesome, thanks!

·
·

Such an honor @timcliff ! I hope this issue gets fixed soon, Cheers!

For me steemit was offline for at least 30 minutes a few hours earlier (12GMT??), with a 504

edit: I was also unable to post a comment certain comment, regardless how often I F5-ed or even opened a new tab by clicking on the link under replies.
Then I posted a "test" comment - that worked. I could also copy in the not-working text.
So I guess the problems also have something to do with what steemit saves as draft. Once I got "Transaction broadcast error."

edit2: some problems with this post edit, including the error. (which is why I made a second comment, first comment could not be successfully edited)

edit3: had the transaction broadcast error again and something popping up on lower left "e is null"

·

Yeah, the dev team is still working on a fix.. Hopefully we will see things improve soon.

Very good post which motivated me to follow up and make a post about it (pls see my latest post where I indicated more tips, I referenced you there) . This issue affected me because my post didnt get the normal upvotes due to inability for readers to upvote me as usual and i hope that the issue will be resolved.

I have learned that paying attention to how long it takes after hitting the post button can help you not lose what you are posting. At least for comments. I have saved many of my posts by copying them when I notice it is taking an extremely long time to post just encase it is lost!

Update: Just happened now haha.

·

Happening to me too xD

One trick I use is to open two windows to steemit and click post in second before I post, this creates a copy all filled in and ready to go.

·

That's a good idea and would work for me - I just do CNTL A and CNTL C before posting and if it doesn't go, I can just paste and try again. But your way saves the title and hashtags, so I think I will use your tip. Thank you!

·

that! is a good trick!

I have had this several times. I have t managed to post via the website for over a week and I’m using esteem on my mobile. Even this often cuts half of comments off. It’s usually better with posts. It also rotates pictures in posts. But otherwise it’s great!!

We have already seen this in the past few days and also these days we also see a slow process of commenting. I agree with you to make a copy of all this for nothing.
Greetings to you and your thoughts

Yes, I also noticed that comments and posts are not added for a long time, we have to update the page and wait for it to lose a lot of time.

Took 3 tries to get my #introduceyourself post uploaded, very slow to reply on threads as well.

·

The dev team is working hard to resolve it.

Thank you timcliff, I also wonder why vote and submit button so slow. :)

·

It is related to the issue.

I lost two precious post because of this, I had to edit and change the other one to meme.

4 hours work gone within seconds

·

Sorry to hear :(

Hopefully the Development team will fix it all

Thanks Tim, I lost a whole morning due to a lost post and my cheerful attitude due to not saving my work first :-(
I still forget from time to time and have a minute of breath holding till it shows on the new posts page LOL.
Cheers

Thanks for the update. I saw an error tonight I had never seen - the user was logged in and trying to post, got the error 'missing posting authentication' (i think that's how it was worded) even though we were able to see her private keys etc. Tried busy.org and couldn't even log her in. We and everyone else appreciates this info.

·

Are you still experiencing the issue?

·
·

She will be coming over again tonight to try to post. (She's literally day1 on steemit.) I'll remember to post an update here. Thanks for checking!

·
·

She has successfully posted her first article! A happy new steemer! Thanks, Tim.

·
·
·

Awesome, glad to hear!

I need help @timcliff, i cant post any of my article it just says Missing Posting Authority something like that

·

Are you still experiencing the issue?

·
·

Hi @timcliff.. I tried several times and tried to revised my post I thought I have done something wrong with the mardown, when I removed Emoticons, it went well, maybe that is the reason or maybe not because I know emoticons are allowed and supported as far as i remember, thanks for your response

·
·
·

Yeah, it seems like there have been some issues with certain character encoding. They should be working on a fix.

Thanks for helping with the posting issue!

I have also had a message come up more than once, displaying in red:

Missing Posting Authority preparedwombat

Edited to add: the above problem happened just a few minutes ago when trying to comment on a different post. But obviously I was able to comment here. Hmmmm......

Second edit: Tried several times and finally got the other comment to post. Maybe it's just a fluke, but the comment finally worked only after I had removed an emoticon.

·

Thanks for the report. A lot of users reported the same issue, but then it seemed to have resolved itself after a short amount of time. I reported it to the dev team so they are aware.

·

Same happened to me. Hard to generate posts (income) when you can't reply. Or put up a post. 🐓🐓

Busy.org works for me too as an alternative. When I first had this issue and a few longer comments seemed lost, I could recover them by opening a second tab with the same URL... to my big surprise the window with the editor and my comment was back.

Made it a habit to save everything now.

I use an addon called Lazarus Form Recovery which saves every information from any form for a few minutes so you can recover it in case of a crash. It has saved me more than once.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/lazarus-form-recovery/

The browser (at least Firefox and Chrome) store a copy of everything you write before posting it, if the posting (post button) last forever you still can open the same post in another tab and your post will be there. That works for me at least.

·

Don't count on it. It may work sometimes, but it may still occasionally get lost.

Well I see that it has been 12 hours since this post was published, and still the problems persist with the contents that are not saved in the blockchain, because I already happened a few minutes ago when trying to publish a comment, I had to do 4 attempts to have it published.

Thanks for the warning @timcliff

regards

I had some problems few hours back. I used to copy in clipboard before hitting push button. But system has draft save options. So didn't lost comments

Resteemed. It didn't appear on my blog. This bug is really timed amusingly with my attempt to return to Steemit. Also the comment section getting lots of time to get submit

I had this exact thing happen to me last night. I spent 4 hours crafting an in-depth dog training article, posted it and went to check on my dogs' outside. When I came back in, the page had refreshed by the post was nowhere to be found.

I know better than to not save my work, and generally used Evernote as a backup but in this particular case, it was getting late, I was writing in the Steemit editor and I just didn't do it.

On my phone I have access to the clipboard and I knew I had copied the article previously so I didn't think that it would be a big deal...well the Universe was laughing at me as I realized that I had copied a link to a video I was referencing in the article as a last item and not the article itself and therefore on the laptop had no access to the previous clip.

I have since downloaded several clipboard apps for Windows 10, beaten myself around the head with a wet noodle for forgetting and gotten some sleep...

Lesson Learned!

For me steemit was offline for at least 30 minutes a few hours earlier (12GMT??), with a 504

·

I know. The dev team is aware and are actively working on addressing the issues.

Yes, I have one message disappeared today. And I did not even realize it right away :(

Was just thinking what's happening, I needed to load my comments couple of times before it goes. Thanks for the update @timcliff...

And here I thought it was just my computer playing up haha! Well fingers crossed the issue is fixed ASAP to make our lives a lot simpler again.

Thank you so much for this post. I lost a post and thought it must be my system that was at fault. It happened a second time but I had saved as you suggest. I am pleased they are looking into it.

I write out and save my longer posts with Open Office prior to posting them. I find it's easier to copy and paste from a formating standpoint. I tried it with word and it wasn't pretty.

I've got that experienced twice... I was really upset because I almost spent half day of doing my post then it was lost. Now I know what to do, thanks sir @timcliff ...

Glad to see the mention of steemd. A couple of times I thought post were lost, but a check of steemd showed it got saved, then clicking on it, and view in steemit, it magically appeared. So sometimes it is not completely lost, other times, yep, gone bye, hasta la vista, filed in file 13, or warehouse 13. Then it is time to re do it. It happens.

One other hint if your reply box is still pink with a spinny thing you can still highlight and copy your post. Then if the page says loading in the lower left hand side of the page you have it on your clip board to paste in a new post box. because once the "page loading" appears in the lower left of the page it is gone. Just reload the page and re-post. If you reload the page before you get the ominous message in the lower left of the page, then your message will still be in the message box, and you just click post again and hope.

Happened to me while posting yesterday. Good thing I copied it. Thanks for sharing this!

I truly appreciate knowing this and am grateful you care about having our backs. Thanks!

Thanks for the heads up, was wondering where my post went!

Thankfully I have a backup!

thanks for the info @timcliff i will inform my follwers i will resteem your post...

I use epsilon notes/writer p to write content. So I don't lose my stories xD

I resteemed to inform my followers.

Thank you,
@Yehey

thanks for info @timcliff,
I already doing that before i save a copy if my content before posting it, just to make sure.

Gracias por la información...!

@timcliff, yes off course you point out major issues we faced now a days . i hope that issues and errors solved by team as soon as possible. thanks for informed and update.

Yeah, I have been copying all my posts before submitting for several days now. Thanks for communicating this to the community!

Ugh this happened to me multiple times and I lost my entire post :( you would have thought i would have learned after the first two times! I blame myself for not saving. Thanks for warning others this might save steemians a lot of trouble

Thats really happened to me thought my connection is weak thanks

Thanks! Good advice!

I wish I saw this earlier than now, my 48hours work just disappeared after I clicked submit, I feel so sad 😔 right now knowing I have to start all over again

Good info, thanks