I just answered my own question, Calculate the probability of n of the same event happening first, then edited the question to clarify it and my answer disappeared!

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    $\begingroup$ I see no evidence of an answer, deleted or otherwise. $\endgroup$ – robjohn Jan 17 '15 at 2:33
  • $\begingroup$ Nor do I. That's the problem! I spent a fair bit of time writing the answer. $\endgroup$ – CJ Dennis Jan 17 '15 at 2:35
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    $\begingroup$ There are some cases I know that I've lost answers by leaving the page in what I guess must have been an unexpected way. The script on the page does not catch my leaving and does not warn me that I have edits pending. $\endgroup$ – robjohn Jan 17 '15 at 2:38
  • $\begingroup$ Have you tried opening the page from your browser history. If you're lucky, you might get some of your edits back. $\endgroup$ – robjohn Jan 17 '15 at 2:40
  • $\begingroup$ It's a bit annoying because I had a complex MathJax formula and if it didn't save properly I should have a partially completed answer that I can continue. $\endgroup$ – CJ Dennis Jan 17 '15 at 2:41
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, I tried going back. My browser is good like that and remembers the contents of unsubmitted forms, but no, nothing. $\endgroup$ – CJ Dennis Jan 17 '15 at 2:43
  • $\begingroup$ Drafts of answers are also stored server-side, though only for one answer. (So, if you start writing another post, the earlier draft is lost.) $\endgroup$ – user147263 Jan 17 '15 at 2:46
  • $\begingroup$ @Fundamental I'm guessing then that my answer wasn't saved properly and that by editing my question the draft got erased. $\endgroup$ – CJ Dennis Jan 17 '15 at 2:48
  • $\begingroup$ @Fundamental: I believe that the browser remembers the form contents, but backs them up periodically to an SE server. I figured the SE server copy would be gone, but hoped that the browser's memory might have been retained. No such luck, this time. $\endgroup$ – robjohn Jan 17 '15 at 2:48
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    $\begingroup$ @CJDennis: I can't think of anything else. I'm sorry for your loss. $\endgroup$ – robjohn Jan 17 '15 at 2:50
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    $\begingroup$ Post drafts are stored for 7 days $\endgroup$ – user147263 Jan 17 '15 at 2:51
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, well, it was a partial answer anyway. It was very good but only for a limited case. It gives me the chance to work out the rest of the answer before I attempt to post it again. $\endgroup$ – CJ Dennis Jan 17 '15 at 2:54
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    $\begingroup$ Personally I tend to write longer answers in an editor on my disk. (I am familiar enough with both MarkDown and MathJax syntax so that I don't really need to view the post rendered and if I do, I either run LaTeX - if there is not much MarkDown - or copy the answer in progress to the editing box just to see the preview. If you are interested in better options, which include some kind of preview, you could have a look at posts tagged (editor), for example this one.) $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Jan 17 '15 at 6:25

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