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Firefox is refreshing 'old tabs' when switching to them, WHY?

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Firefox is refreshing 'old tabs' when switching to them, WHY?

If I leave Firefox open for a long enough period of time and then click on one of my other tabs, instead of showing me the tab, it refreshes the page. This is incredibly frustrating and frankly, poor design. Depending on the content I was looking at, it may well be now gone.

I have Firefox 3 and 12, the problem did not exist there. Since switching to 17, the problem has cropped up. This is NOT restoring a session as the session was not terminated. The problem described in this post is similar here https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/934200?esab=a&as=aaq


My browser.cache.check_doc_frequency is also set to 3. I do not want pages to auto refresh, EVER unless I press F5 or hit the reload button. Does anyone know a solution to this?