Community Wishlist Survey 2021/Editing/Make edits auto-recoverable if the editor's network crashes

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  • Problem: An WP edit is lost when the editor's network goes down.
  • Who would benefit: Any editor who doesn't develop a post off-line.
  • Proposed solution: Like GMail, routinely autosave an editor's in-progress work.
  • More comments: Again, like GMail, create periodic saved-data (a snapshot of work to date) that can easily take over from the lost data of whatever type (message, article text, etc.)
  • Phabricator tickets:
  • Proposer: BrettA343 (talk) 23:36, 20 November 2020 (UTC)


  • This exists for VisualEditor and the 2017 wikitext editor, as a result of the #7 wish in the 2017 survey. @BrettA343: I'm assuming your wish is to enable this feature for the older wikitext editor? Or were you unaware the feature already existed? MusikAnimal (WMF) (talk) 22:23, 21 November 2020 (UTC)
    • Is the feature enabled on all wikis? I've only noticed it on Would be cool to have a save button, or to know when a save has been made. Many editors publish (way too) often in fear of losing their changes. Ponor (talk) 03:05, 22 November 2020 (UTC)
      • Yes, this feature is enabled everywhere. Your edits are stashed in local storage almost instantly (every second or so). ESanders (WMF) (talk) 16:42, 24 November 2020 (UTC)
1) I am curious, in which cases/situations the VisualEditor and the 2017 wiki text editor are able to restore the lost sessions? If I close a browser tab with non-saved edits, and restore, my edits are gone. Unlike by the Reply tool (Discussion Tools). What is the difference?
2) Is T75241 ticket about a different topic? If not, is it resolved already? Samat (talk) 15:56, 29 November 2020 (UTC)
3) How this topic is related the Draft extension? Is it already in use for any of these tools? Samat (talk) 17:52, 29 November 2020 (UTC)

Motivation for my questions: request for an auto-save (restore) feature on the local wishlist, and I am not sure how and where to address it here: does it need new development, or only implementation of existing features. Samat (talk) 17:52, 29 November 2020 (UTC)