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Some new users who don't know how to format code tend to put a <br/> linebreak after every code line. This makes it extremely annoying for others to fix their formatting.

I don't think there's a good reason why anyone would use many <br/> tags outside of indented code. So why not disallow posting such a question? Or at least suggest to format it properly.

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Or: downvote such user's post, post a comment to refer them to stackoverflow.com/editing-help (or to balpha's nap sack example, to explain paragraphs), and remove the downvote when they have fixed it themselves? –  Arjan Dec 17 '11 at 11:39
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I do not think this is a good idea. Sometimes, <br/> are really useful, and not everybody like markdown –  Martin. Dec 17 '11 at 12:26
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it would be better to replace them with two spaces, like markdown –  örs Dec 17 '11 at 12:34
    
@örs, are you saying that the editor should change HTML into Markdown before saving it? (We're not even converting tabs to spaces in the source, and HTML is perfectly accepted here.) –  Arjan Dec 17 '11 at 13:01
    
@arjan oh :D forgot about html questions, that would be cruel :D –  örs Dec 17 '11 at 13:03
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Well, if a low-rep user posts HTML it's likely that he just doesn't know how to do it properly... –  ThiefMaster Dec 17 '11 at 14:04
    
I'm personally thrilled about the new "give a reason why you're rejecting this edit" dialog box for rejecting edit suggestions -- I can finally say "please use markdown formatting instead". Of course, it doesn't help much for initial questions, but if someone went to some effort to format their question nicely, hooray. Too many ugly ones already. –  sarnold Dec 18 '11 at 1:53
    
Sure, it might be a minor annoyance, but can't a search-and-replace fix it rather quickly? –  icktoofay Oct 7 '13 at 0:00
    
@icktoofay: Browsers do not support search-and-replace so I have to copy it to an editor first.- –  ThiefMaster Oct 7 '13 at 11:22

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