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In answer to Terry’s query yesterday in another topic about getting logged off due to inactivity and for the benefit of other members.
I am advised by our website designer that it is necessary for a member to be ‘timed-out’ after a period of inactivity as a security measure.
Very soon after the inception of this website the period of inactivity was subsequently increased because it was considered far too quick but I assume without asking the question again, that we may now be at the maximum.
I have found that you can spend as long as you like viewing posts, jumping backwards and forwards at will as long as you continue to do so. If you walk away from the screen and make a cup of tea for instance, you will normally find on your return, especially if you attempt to jump to another post, that you will have been ‘timed-out’.
This will also be the case if you start composing a post or reply but spend too long in doing so. When you eventually get to the stage of clicking the submit button, all is lost because you are ‘timed-out’. If you fear that you may have spent too long composing a post or reply, then the best advice is to select and copy your composition before clicking the submit button and if all is lost because of timeout, simply sign back in, get back to where you were, then paste your composition immediately before clicking submit.
It is also possible to compose your post or reply outside of the forum, in Word or Notepad for example, then select and copy your composition within Word or Notepad before logging in to the forum where you can paste your copied text before clicking submit. Be advised that Notepad does not spell-check, as I have found to my amusement on many occasions.
Edit : When I got to submit I was also ‘timed out’. Just as well I had copied it.
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