There are a small handful of people that are confused by line breaks when writing comment not appearing when the comment is submitted.
There are a large number of people that find having enter submit a comment to be problematic.
I suggest addressing the needs of the few in a way that does not obstruct the many: make a message appear below the comment field (or maybe to the side of the submit button) when enter is pressed that explains that line breaks will not be rendered.
In concert with this change, it may be useful to let shift-enter submit the comment.
Even better, add a user preference to allow a user to select the behavior of the enter and shift-enter keys with three checkboxes
- (Default on) Warning message when linebreaks are entered as described above. (possibly including a suggestion to see their user preferences)
- (Default off) Enter submits comment
- (Default on) Shift-enter submits comment
(enter and shift-enter would both create line breaks when they are not configured to submit)
EDIT: Looking through the comments and even answers, it seems that many people got the idea that I'm proposing that comments actually be rendered with line breaks. That is not what I am requesting.
I am requesting that a method of informing the user that line breaks will not appear in comments that is different than making the enter key auto-submit.
This misinterpretation has presumably skewed the votes, probably irrecoverably. Should I repost this request in a clearer way so that the votes accurately reflect the opinion on the actual proposal?