i accidentally posted this topic like 3 times sorry! please delete the other topics
It's a forum bug. When you post a new topic (doesn't happen when adding a post in an existing thread) and hit "Submit" the cursor just spins and spins, the box stays there, and the letters at the bottom get all jumbled up looking like something is wrong. So lots of folks have been created duplicate posts thinking their original didn't get posted. You're not alone.
But for the future, there is no need to keep posting... even though it appears as things have been messed up, your new topic does indeed get posted.