Well, I'd typed up a nice reply, but the forum software apparently has a bug in it where if you are typing up a reply and then submit it *after* someone else has submitted a reply that was not there when you started yours, it deletes all of your post out of the text box, and tells you:
"The following errors occurred with your submission:
1. The message you have entered is too short. Please lengthen your message to at least 10 characters."
If you didn't copy and paste right before submitting, or have previously typed it up in a separate text editor (like notepad) which is what I USUALLY do, then it is now GONE permanently.
There may be other conditions to the bug to cause it, but this is the one I've observed the 2 times it has happened to me so far.
EDIT: 3 times, it just happened AGAIN trying to submit this, but I copied/pasted before submitting, so the post was safe).
EDIT: there are definitely other conditions, because now I can't post a reply to this thread AT ALL even after logging out and back in, refreshing page, closing browser, clearing caches, etc., repeatedly and in different orders.
EDIT: Now, I finally managed to post this, after several hours away from the computer, but not using my normal Firefox 18.104.22.168 browser, but rather with IE6 (using IEinTab inside Firefox). I still can't use Firefox to post or reply to anything.
The first time I lost the post to the bug was a detailed reply to help someone with their project (the one with the recycled laptop battery packs to put on an ebike), but I had no time to recreate it then, and by the time I got home from work half a day later I didnt' remember enough of it to try again.