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It's no secret that new users have trouble formatting their code as code, i.e. indenting it with four spaces. I think the terse help text off to the right could be improved a bit, but even if that were to happen, most people probably won't read it anyway.

Recently I have come to notice that even active users don't know about the "101010 button" in the toolbar though. Most recent example: zerkms, a near-10k'er.

"oh, I never "seen" that 101010 button and always formatted all sources manually here or in my notepad :-S"

"It was a lot of pain to format sql in pony-style with millions presses of space button. Btw, I've seen it is a button but haven't idea what is it for and did not want to discover it. Meanwhile I've used link, quote, and picture buttons a lot of times. :-)"

I think the visibility/discoverability of the toolbar (buttons) may need to be enhanced, and/or a more visible introduction should be provided for newbies. Of course I realize this can only go so far, and especially on a site for programmers, users are expected to bring a bit curiosity and sense for discovery with them...
Just my 1.68 ¥.

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PS, unrelated bug discovered on same page: Inline text highlighting doesn't work with a trailing interrobang... "Even _you_‽" ;) –  deceze Nov 29 '10 at 6:08
    
please do not abuse the <kbd> formatting style; I will pull the CSS for it (again) if I see it happening –  Jeff Atwood Nov 29 '10 at 7:04
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@Jeff But... but... it looks like a button! :o) –  deceze Nov 29 '10 at 8:19
    
Related: Change icon of Code Sample button -- the label has changed from 101010 to { }. –  Arjan Dec 18 '10 at 15:57

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I think the visibility/discoverability of the toolbar (buttons) may need to be enhanced

I don't see how we could do that without damaging the experience for everyone else.

and/or a more visible introduction should be provided for newbies.

this violates the first law of the universe: Users Don't Read.

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sigh I agree... What about providing a "Format your code by indenting it!" comment preset and a screenshot of the toolbar with arrows on the editing help page at least? I guess I'm just tired of writing the same comment again and again. –  deceze Nov 29 '10 at 8:26
    
Now it's status-completed, but where can I see the improved button? –  Andreas Bonini Dec 18 '10 at 21:21
    
@kop on any trilogy site but you may need to hard-refresh for the next few days -- we set a far-forward expiration of at least 7 days on static content –  Jeff Atwood Dec 18 '10 at 21:39

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