A few times, I read about folks creating a long post and after they press "post message" button, the forum system "times out" and their post contents disappears. Never to be seen again. The below can help save a few new threads...
For Windows users:
a - Create the contents of the thread (like you usually do). BEFORE pressing "post message" button, simply hold the left mouse button down and manually select all newly entered text. When all text (in the rich text box) is selected, presss Control+C keys (together). If wondering, this is for Copy Command. To copy the text into a background buffer.
b - Like usual, press "post message" button. Hopefully, a new message will be created - with your newly typed in text.
c - If your new post doesn't work properly, simply count to 10 (to cool down), then create a New Post again. Give it the same title and put the cursor within the Rich Text field. Now, press Control + V keys (for paste). The texted copied in the above step will be pasted in. Now, press "new message" button. All should now work properly - since the system did NOT "time out" in the background.
For Mac OSx workstations:
Follow same steps as above However, instead of using Control+C (for copy) or Control+V (for paste), use Option+C and Option+V keys.
If planning to create a long post (more then 10-15 lines long), do remember to Copy its Contents - before pressing "post message" button. Thus, having a copy of the text within a background buffer - that can be pasted in a new (different) thread.
Thanx Spike: I use a lap top and touch pad. Don't know how to use your method with touch pad. I got timed out last Fri. in the midst of a monster sno storm (thank you very much Canada). It was a long post and I wanted to post it befor we lost power. Hah. lost power, DSL and phone as I'm reconstructing the post. Just got power, phone and DSL back last night.................crusty