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Perhaps rich-text format is easier or more universal and can face HR people. But as part of the "for developers, by developers" culture of SE, including its careers service, devs like me should be able to write a posting as easily as we write SO questions and answers.

It's a little easier, but I also think it's good brand and a nice touch. I've written powerpoint presentations in markdown, because what developer wants to stop being a developer, go take a high school "Business and Technology" class, and learn to make a pretty powerpoint? No, we hate that, we'd rather just write in something like markdown and have it work in whatever endpoint application we need. I also think it's really valuable for careers.SE to work very well with that mentality, since it has a "for developers, by developers" brand, and many of the jobs that will happen over careers.SE are aimed at people who enjoy a technology-aware corporate culture.

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You already can use MarkDown on Careers; what fields are you referring to specifically? –  Martijn Pieters Oct 9 '13 at 22:08
@MartijnPieters job description, in particular. It defaulted to RTF (I think) and I couldn't find how to switch to markdown. This may only apply to the "for employers" perspective. –  djechlin Oct 9 '13 at 22:13
Right, that would be a 'for employers' side issue; the CV posting side is MarkDown all the way. –  Martijn Pieters Oct 9 '13 at 22:18
I think this has limited appeal. In most cases, a programmer is not writing/posting the job listing. Also, creating a good PowerPoint can be a valuable skill. –  Juice Oct 9 '13 at 22:46
@Juice not sure your #s on this, but at the least, I am a programmer who just did write a job posting. –  djechlin Oct 9 '13 at 23:21
@djechlin I totally understand. I'm not disagreeing it could be a good suggestion, just saying your're in the minority. –  Juice Oct 10 '13 at 13:46
@Juice, do we have any data that shows djechlin would be in the minority for having Markdown on the employer side? –  Hynes Nov 21 '13 at 18:42
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