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WP bug with deleting posts.

Posted in Asides, Technology, WordPress.com Tips by engtech on June 14, 2006

Well, I found another WordPress bug and consequently wiped out a post that had taken me a while to put together.

Right underneath "Add trackbacks" where you would expect a submit button is the delete button.

WP eats my post 1

If you hit the "Delete Post" button you will be prompted with a dialog box that says "Are you sure you want to delete that post? [OK] [CANCEL]"

WP eats my post 2
If you choose cancel it gives you a *second* prompt "Are you sure you want to do that? [No] [Yes]".

WP eats my post 3
Of course, I'm thinking "Yes, I'm sure I want to cancel deleting that post".

This is also the same dialog that you see when ever you publish an editted post, so it isn't unreasonable to think it's not doing something harmful.

Unfortunately, the second query seems to be asking you again if you want to delete that post, as you are quickly present with a blank page.

WP eats my post 4

I'll keep this updated as to whether or not it was possible to recover the post. My glance at the WP interface doesn't seem to show any kind of undelete option. I'm glad they recently put in an Import/Export feature so that it is possible to make personal backups every now and then. It's too late now, but definitely something I'm going to start doing for the future.

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  1. engtech said, on June 15, 2006 at 9:34 am

    Hi there,

    I’m sorry to tell you that your post was deleted and is unrecoverable.
    The Cancel button was indeed bugged and I have resolved that bug.
    Thanks very much for your accurate report.

    I am also pushing for some context to be added to the Are You Sure
    pages so that their meaning cannot be ambiguous.


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