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Old 02-05-2020, 02:39 PM
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PSA: Error when you try to post? DON'T try again!

Anyone who has posted here in the last month has probably seen the dreaded timeout or gateway errors. Your first reaction is to go back and hit the Post button again after a few minutes. Don't! Most likely, your post went through fine, and the error happened when it reloaded the thread page.

Instead, hit the Preview Post or Go Advanced button, and scroll down a little to see if your post is already there. I don't want to say it will be there 100% of the time, but it has been for me, and the proliferation of duplicate posts suggests it is probably close to that.
Old 02-05-2020, 03:41 PM
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That is indeed one cause for duplicate posts, but it's not the only one. Or even necessarily a common one. If you just re-submit immediately, the board won't let the second one through, but will simply tell you that it's a duplicate of a post you just made.

But sometimes when the board is acting up, even if you only hit submit once, it'll still post it twice, even if it's within the five-minute duplicate-post-detection window.


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