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From "Glen Mazza (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (ROL-833) Add auto-save feature like Gmail has
Date Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:38:52 GMT


Glen Mazza commented on ROL-833:

I don't like this idea, about sending data to the server before the "Save as Draft" or "Post
to Weblog" buttons are pushed.  It will be jarring and unpleasant to many users to see their
privacy violated in such a manner.  People might include sensitive or overly candid information
that they plan on removing prior to pressing "Save as Draft", with this feature, everything
will still be sent to the server (over non-secured wire no less) regardless.  GMail can ethically
do autosave because you agree to their Privacy Policy and Terms of Use before signing up for
GMail account, plus AFAICT it always uses SSL to protect inadvertent transfers from outside
snoopers, neither is the case with Roller.

When a user hits "Save as Draft" or "Post to Weblog", he is indicating not just a desire to
save his work in case he should lose it (the target audience of ROL-833), but rather, he's
making a statement that the information he has written is now ready and safe to be transferred
over the wire to the server for storage, any copy-and-pasted SSN's or sensitive data, for
example, has been removed.  So if anything inappropriate gets sent it's the blogger's fault
and not Roller's.  For safety for all concerned, Roller needs that latter statement prior
to sending anything to its server.

Other options, as stated in the Matt's weblog, that of using browser plugins to save what
a person types, using an external client, or (as I do) just hitting the "Save as Draft" at
convenient times works perfectly well.

Whom you would be pleasing with this switch, a newbie blog owner who writes umpteen paragraphs
before bothering to hit the "Save as Draft" button and one whose browser crashes frequently
causing him to lose data, would come at a much higher cost from discerning users about seeing
their information sent to the server without their approval first.  Besides, a blog owner
still will need to save his work locally to guard against Roller database crashes, as there's
no guarantee the DB is being backed up properly or is otherwise recoverable.

[I don't even like Gmail's autosave, finding it too Big Brotherish.  Sometimes if I'm unpleased
about something I start off quite frank in an email but then clean it up prior to hitting
the send key.  What gmail does is collect our intermediate (i.e., candid) thoughts and send
them to Google Corporation for their knowledge, thoughts which are increasingly subject to
collection by the U.S. Federal Government.]
> Add auto-save feature like Gmail has
> ------------------------------------
>                 Key: ROL-833
>                 URL:
>             Project: Roller
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Web Services
>    Affects Versions: 1.2
>            Reporter: Matt Raible
>            Assignee: Roller Unassigned

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