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I spent a couple hours writing up here in the intro section. The "Save & Preview" button for this section, in fact all the formatting buttons, link and help buttons were all dead. I could click them, they'd visibly blink but nothing would happen.
I had the brilliant idea of clicking on the "Save & Preview" button for the Extended section. I hadn't typed anything down there but it seemed like a good idea.
Oh well, it worked. It saved the empty Extended section, and it emptied the diary title and all those hours of slow typing in the Intro.
One little thing I learned while watching television this evening goes into the Extended section before I try saving this non-diary--
When sloths have sexual intercourse it only lasts about five seconds.