I more often than not compose my nodes in Wordpad (no flames!), complete with paragraphs, etc. I then go back and insert the HTML so that it looks like I expect (typically a <BR><BR> for paragraphs), any italics, bolding, etc, then cut and paste it into the text box.
I do this not so much because of Netscape crashes (IE *does* tend to be more stable, like it or not), but back from when the site would get lots of server errors. Or, in case I do something remarkably stupid, like forgetting to click new. I don't typically save the Wordpad document unless the net seems unusually flakey, but I usually don't close Wordpad until I see the node submitted successfully.
Using Wordpad, or any other editor besides the text box, gives a better feel for the article, since you're seeing more of it at one time. I think seeing more of it in the editor also helps you reflect on the overall tone of the article, and allows you to judge what you're saying before you go on a holy flame war. And, you can even run spell check against it.
I'm real bad about clicking around with the mouse while editing
in these boxes and accidentally reloading or navigating my text
When I get paranoid or real into it these days, I select
the body of text into the cut-n-paste buffer for a temporary
backup. =) It's saved the gist of my thoughts more than
$you = new YOU;
honk() if $you->love(perl)
A moment of silence please while we remember the genius nodes that Netscape didn't want to see posted...
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comments made by
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About a third of my nodes never make it, when I realise that:
a) I 'm plain wrong, or don't get it worked out properly
b) Somebody else put it better