The code block instructions say

To create code blocks or other preformatted text, indent by four spaces:

but it fails to mention that you also need to have a blank line before the code block as well.

For instance, this example won't work because there is just a new line after this text and four spaces Some code example

and this example will work because there is a blank line

Some code example

Is this a bug or documentation error?

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That's not a bug, but indeed the documentation could be clearer. (This doesn't apply just to code blocks, lists also need a blank line.) –  Mat Feb 13 '13 at 13:14
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