Phantom texts when copy-pasting

OK, sometimes I'll be typing a lengthy response for a given discussion thread and I will have my browser fail on me for some reason or another. Usually this prompts the loss of my whole text, it's happened to the best of us...

Anyway, my solution is usually to type up important long-winded texts outside of my browser, and then copy-pasting it in. That way I'll have a fundamental back-up until I'm sure the info has been posted.

When I do this on CNET forums... something weird happens. For example, I was looking up an AMD Athlon X2 processor for another thread. I had it's long detailed name listed in google's search bar, so I just copy pasted it into this tab, and this is what happens.

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In the "Message Body" I don't see that "<span id=INSERTION_MARKER>"

In fact all I see is a blank, and then I'm unable to type more. The pasted text is wrong, but it's also invisible. So I can't erase it. This compounds the problem because I don't just loose my long text, it vanishes, and then I can't untangle the indivisible text from what I had already typed in manually.

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Oh I realize I marked this as a question thread

I guess my official question is: Why the hell is the forum doing that (described above), and how can I make it stop?

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I think I found an answer...

It's weird. When I click "Toggle View" in that little control bar above the Message Body, things go back to normal. I can copy paste and see the invisible text that has been pasted.

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It toggles the Text Editor

I also Preview all of my posts before submitting. That helps usually.

There's a current discussion about this in the top Sticky post in this forum. The forum techs are trying to get a handle on this and understand why it is happening.

You're not alone! Happy


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