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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Post Editor Generates An Extra Post?

Recently, we have some blog owners observing that use of Post Editor leads to generation of an extra draft post.

If I edit this post, then save my changes, I may see an empty post when I hit "Close".

So, we will see. I will next Save this post, as is.


Here's this post, initially created.




And this post, being Edited.



Having added the above screen prints, I'll Save again.


And if I Save, then Close, I see an empty post.



The "empty" post, shown above, is normal for this blog - which uses dashboard "post template" content in new posts.

If I were to Save this new post, I would end up with an extra draft post. Since I don't care to Save, I will simply hit Close.


And when I Edit, then Save, there's the bogey, again.




This time, I Save - or wait until AutoSave kicks in.

And look at my Posts display.



And hitting Publish, I get another.


Here we see possibility for real confusion.



Be careful, and think - if this happens to you!

If you Save instinctively - or if you hesitate, and AutoSave activates, you end up with an extra draft post.


Be really careful, now!




The bogey is an "empty" post (with "post template" content).




Even with the bogey being "empty", look at the Posts list! If you Edit your post later, always make sure that you Edit the right post - with your updated content!!



If you end up with an extra draft post, be very careful to Delete or Edit the right post. Think carefully, before you continue!

Anyway, this problem is in the hands of Blogger Engineering.

Just don't Save - hit Close, immediately - and you'll see no long term weirdness. Until you Edit, again, of course.



This weekend, we see #Blogger Post Editor adding an extra post, when we Edit then Save a draft post. If you Close the unwanted post immediately, you'll see no lasting effects, however.

Dude, hit me with a comment!

Franz Dill said...

It should be noted that this behavior just started in the last month or so, some change must have occurred on the Blogger side. I have used Blogger a specific way for many years, and have never seen this behavior previously. I typically use the Chrome browser. Changing browser is not a reasonable solution. As it exists, always deleting the additional post is also not a reasonable solution, its a waste of time and ads process complexity.

Andy Swarbrick said...

I've got this problem

Keir said...

This is a big problem for me as I have to keep updating posts. How can such a thing occur at this stage? How can the basics be so messed up?

Michael Leddy said...

It's a problem in Safari too. I've seen it only in the past two weeks or so.

Ulrich said...

I encounter a problem when I use the update button after editing a post: Sometimes, the post will be saved under a NEW URL and the one with the old URL will be deleted, causing a 404 error for anyone who has linked to the old post. And then, to add insult to injury, Google's webcrawler alerts me to the fact that some posts now generate the 404 error--a situation entirely of their own making!

Chuck Croll said...

Hi Ulrich,

Thanks for the tip, this is indeed a truly annoying bug.

I have personally reported this multiple times, to anybody who will listen.

In some ways, this annoyance approaches the level of the Blogger Meltdown of May 2011.

Keir said...

I cannot publish any post without a duplicate draft made. I have been asking for help for MONTHS only for each thread to be hijacked, redirected, and lost. What is going on? Is there any point in expecting help?

SteffR said...

This was happening to me on and off, figured it was a annoying glitch, but it has gotten worse this week and I swear just deleted my almost completed post without warning. It was still in the edit stage and had not been published. I have learned to be very careful with this so I'm pretty mad! Glad it's not just me. I was worried it was because I use an outside template maybe my code was corrupted. This is a pretty big problem, Blogger need to sort it, stat! :-0

Franz Dill said...

Agreed .. can't say it has increased in frequency, but it is getting more annoying. Probably doubles my time in managing a blog essential to my clients. Much time is being wasted all around. Is there someone in charge of blogger to address this we can appeal to. Or has Blogger been orphaned? It has been months by my reckoning

Franz Dill