Take a look at this question (see edit history). The asker has formatted the last paragraph of the question as code.
I saw another question yesterday (again, see edit history) where an asker had put a complaint about having to include code in as formatted code.
Is this an actual rule? If so, what are the rules and rationale behind it? Is it really helping the quality of the site? Neither question required code, so in both cases someone had to step in and edit it out. The original formatting of the question led to criticism and downvotes (notwithstanding that they were both pretty poor questions, and would have got a number of downvotes anyway).
Perhaps it doesn't apply to new users per se, but to users with a string of fairly poor questions?