By doing a Post to itself, this form will cause an error everytime someone
clicks the Back button on the browser (after the first post, of course).

What I do is have two forms, first invoked with a get via hot link or

Form_1.php checks to see if variable $s has been passed (in the URL, of
course), if not it initializes and displays the form.  The Form action on
this displayed form indicates to "Post" to Form_2.php.

Form_2.php displays nothing, just processes variables on the form.  This one
would insert the row, and to avoid thread problems (multiple simultaneous
inserts, from multiple users) has a unique "autoincrement" variable as the
primary key to the table (MySQL will make the insert "thread safe").  When
the insert is successful this routine redirects the browser back to form_1
like so;

        Header("Location: Form_1.php?s=$insertid");

When control is passed to Form_1.php again, this time the variable $s is set
and the row is retrieved from the table (instead of using initialization
values) and displayed in the form giving confirmation of the updates that
were done.

Because Form_2 redirects to Form_1, Form_1 is the only one on the browser
history list(each separate instance is tracked, of course), and it is always
entered via a Get, meaning that the browser does include the passed variable
values in the history list (it doesn't do this with a Post). And the Back
button works.  In the Post error you are working toward, the browser
complains that it does not have a record of the "Post" variable values (the
Data Has Expired).

There may be other ways to deal with this, but this is one way that I have
found that works.

Good Luck,

Warren Vail

-----Original Message-----
From:   Deron [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent:   Friday, December 21, 2001 11:38 PM
Subject:        [PHP] "Talkback" or community type participation.....

Hi there!

I have this script I just made based on a tutorial I found online and was
wondering if there was a better way to do this or not. Everything works
great so far except for a couple little things. Once the $submit is clicked
and runs the INSERT data into the table... I am looking to be able to have
the page auto refresh and display the new entry as well as the form again.
Here's my current code: (I have this built into the main review page via an
include. The entire page can be viewed here:

Feel free to post a dummy message, nothing is live yet, all in test mode :)

you'll notice once the entry is submitted also, if you try to refresh the
page it wants to readd the data again. any help or guidance appreciated, I
am a self professed "still learning this stuff"! kinda guy.


  if ($submit) {

  // Process Form

  $DBconn = mysql_connect("localhost", "user", "pass");
  mysql_select_db("databasename", $DBconn);
  if (!$DBconn) {
    echo( "<p>Unable to connect to the " .
       "database server at this time.</p>" );

    $sql = "INSERT INTO talkback (band_id, album_id,
talkback_name,talkback_email,talkback_comments) VALUES
    $result = mysql_query($sql);
    echo "Thank you! Information entered.\n";
  } else {

  // display form


  <form method="post" action="<?php echo "$PHP_SELF" . "?band=$band" .
  <div align="center"><b>Name/Nickname:</b><br>
    <input type="Text" name="talkback_name"><br>
    <b>Email (optional):</b><br>
    <input type="Text" name="talkback_email"><br>
    <textarea name="talkback_comments" cols="50" rows="5"></textarea>
    <input type="Submit" name="submit" value="Speak Your Metal!">


} // end if



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