Why is it that I can move from 'visual' to 'text' on my old Seamonkey composer, and not in a super-advanced system like WordPress???
There is a long-standing "feature" in the WordPress TinyMCE (Visual) Editor whereby markup you add manually in the Text editor is removed when you switch back to the Visual tab. That's not likely to change in the near future.
But as Otto says, there's also a new bug whereby some markup generated by the Visual editor is being removed by the Text editor. This bug is pretty specific and, as far as I can tell, only affects links when the link has been added after the text and the text was already a block-level element (such as a heading or a list item). My own testing suggest that if plain text is turned into a link first and then made into a heading or a list item, the bug shouldn't be triggered.
But under the circumstances, I'd suggest avoiding moving back and forth between editing tabs when working on any one post. At the very least until WordPress 3.5.1 is released - at which point, you could try cautiously re-testing to check if the bug has been fixed.
Does this have effects when I am composing posts too? Am I losing data unawares??? I guess the answer is "yes".
It very much depends upon a number of factors - such as:
- are you adding markup to your content manually using the Text pane?
- whether you're triggering the new bug by (say) creating a list item then turning it into a link OR avoiding the bug by creating the link first and turning it into a list item afterwards.
It's these kinds of subtle, but important, differences that can sometimes make our questions and requests for exact details seem rather petty at first glance. However, this kind of minutiae can make all the difference when tracking down the root of the problem.
Oh, and when posting as a senior on forums and there is a hot debate going on, I usually state that I am signing off for a while. It means those who can't see me driving off to Utrecht will at least know I am not present on the web.
Not sure if that would work well here. Usually what happens is that people will dive in on any topic where they think they can help - irrespective of whether any forum regular had already been involved. As you can see from this topic, having a few people helping is not at all unusual.
Granted, forum regulars to try to target unanswered topics first but, if they spot a topic where someone else hasn't answered after more than 3 or 4 hours, they will try to chip in if they can. As a result, we end up with 24hr support rather than "8 hours with time out for meal breaks" support. It seems to work quite well for the most part.