Post automatically creates 2nd spoiler tab, even after deleting it

Discussion in 'Site Support' started by PSN offapple, May 16, 2019.

  1. PSN offapple

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    So I've had this problem before, but this time I haven't been able to fix it.

    I run a racing league called the NES, and spoiler tabs are very frequently used to save space on the season 5 thread (which is still under construction at the time of posting). My decal specialist updated the number board decals, so I edited the tab in post #3 called "Livery Regulations" to have the links to the new decals instead of the old ones. After I had done that, I noticed that after I had saved the post it generated another "Livery Regulations" spoiler tab, right before the point that I had just edited.

    After going back to edit the post I removed the spoiler=" and the /spoiler that had generated and saved it again. The extra spoiler tab generated itself again. I then tried merging some words and paragraphs together temporarily at the trouble point, as that had worked for me before with this issue, but it hasn't on this occasion. Now I am out of ideas as to how I can stop this extra spoiler tab from generating.

    This is quite a concern of mine as there's still a few more parts of the post that will need to be edited before I can get the season rolling. I designed the thread on a smartphone. Here's a link:

    https://www.gtplanet.net/forum/threads/nes-s5-lmp-gt3-under-construction.386300/

    As I said, I'm out of ideas as to how I can fix this myself, so I ask the moderators or anyone else for help regarding this.

    Edit: So I figured out a solution, which was to copy and paste the text in the 2nd spoiler tab above where the website was creating the spoiler=". With no text in the 2nd spoiler tab's slot, it doesn't show when saved even though it's technically still there in the edit.

    Even with this way of bypassing it, I still think that something as strange as this might need investigating for the future.
     
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  2. Jordan

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    I could see the extra spoiler tag in the raw version of your post, but when I took it out, it didn't come back.

    Are you still seeing the issue? Of course, note that an empty spoiler tag (with no content inside of the opening and closing tags) will not display anything, so it should not disrupt the layout of your post.
     
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  3. PSN offapple

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    No, it seems to be okay now. I assume it didn't generate again due to it being empty. I've had this happen on several occasions in the past, but I can't figure out why sometimes it does it while most of the time doing the exact same thing it's fine.
    I apologize for not being that tech-savy regarding stuff like this, or for not knowing how or why it happened. But thanks for responding to me about this.
     
  4. Jordan

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    No need to apologize, I'm here to help. :)

    It's really common for posts with lots of formatting to have overlapping or improperly nested tags. For example, although I'm not sure if this was causing your original issue, I did notice that a closing [/b] bold tag was outside of the closing spoiler tag, which may have confused things (I don't know for sure if that's what it was, I'm just speculating). The software will try to compensate by adding opening and closing tags on its own, which can then result in some odd or unexpected behavior.

    The best way to avoid issues is to use minimal formatting, such as only bolding headers and important paragraphs, etc.
     
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  5. PSN offapple

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    I think that's because I didn't switch from bold text to regular text when making the spoiler tabs, so it has one in bold before it converts it into regular to be used.