I have been seeing new users who copy/paste code or information into posts not add extra newlines(or even type without extra newlines) and make posts hard to read, wasting the time of a moderator or editor. Can this behavior be changed to make single linebreaks act as lienbreaks? Or is by design?

  • I see far too many users blindly copy-pasting from a forum, termian output, etc, and getting one big mess that will waste about 10 minutes of an editor. in alleviating the situation.
    – nanofarad
    Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 0:16

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It is by-design - the Markdown syntax specifies a blank line between paragraphs.

Code should be indicated as such - indented four spaces. There's a button on the toolbar and a shortcut key to accomplish this, and doing so also handles escaping special characters in cases where it otherwise can't be done automatically.

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