I painstakingly wrote a question up, not realizing I wasn't logged in. When I was done, I noticed that there was a log-in button below the question box, so I assumed that's what I needed to do to proceed with posting my question.

After I logged in, I was taken back to the home screen, not my post. When I used my browser's back button to go back to my question, everything I had typed was gone. This is extremely frustrating. If you log in from the Ask Question page using the inline log-in button, it should save the state of the question.

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This is a pretty edge case. Usually if you start a draft, it gets saved, so that if you leave the page it's still there when you come back. I believe drafts only get saved if you're logged in though, so in this case... not logged in, no draft gets saved when you leave to log in. Unfortunately, I don't think there's much we can do to recover it at this point.

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    Anonymous users also have drafts saved. As for not saving the edtior's text during a log in action, this would definitely be a bug. Looking into it. Apr 1, 2012 at 3:43
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    Looks like we were just dropping the final redirect, this will be fixed in the next deploy. Apr 3, 2012 at 1:08
  • Awesome, thanks!
    – acjay
    Apr 3, 2012 at 4:18

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