This is easily the fourth time this has happened to me. I spend an enormous amount of time laying my heart out in an answer, making sure I put every thought and feeling in it's correct place and wording it perfectly so my point can be understood; only to have it disappear into Narnia after hitting the Preview Answer button. Is there a reason why it does this? Because It's really annoying spending that much time on something to have it lost in oblivion. I may just be venting but I'd like to see if it has happened to anyone else.
It seems that if you leave a question open for like 20 minutes, the preview button seems to timeout and stop working. This is why I copy all my huge answers before submitting/previewing them and I suggest you do too. There are also downloadable programmes you can run on your browser which saves pretty much everything you type for this exact reason.
Yes, I HATE when that happens. I have no idea why it does that and then you have to go back and re-type your whole answer. It only happens to me when I type a long answer and am on this page for a while. That's why I've just gotten into the habit of copying my answer and then hitting "preview answer". That way, if it disappears, all I have to do it hit "paste" and my answer is back again.
I noticed this happens to me if I'm idle on the site, it will sign me out. So when I go to hit, "Preview Answer" or "Submit" it takes me to the login page. If this ever happens I just click on the "back" button on my browser and copy/cut my answer and then go through the process to coming back and paste it in. Though if you are typing something long out it probably is a better idea to "copy" it before you click preview or submit anyway. Just in case(:
Many, many times, but only when I am using my phone. It's the most annoying thing about this site (or the phone). It never happens when I am using my computer. But I still copy my answer before hitting the preview thing just in case. Unfortunately, I don't know how to do that on my phone.