When I view revision 3 of my answer here in the edit preview, the final two paragraphs render correctly:

Everything is fine

However, when viewing the answer normally, the conversion from markdown to HTML is broken. The penultimate paragraph does not get wrapped in a <p> tag as it should, and the backticks within it are spat out literally and not converted to a code block:

Everything is fucked


This was yet another fallout from the broken handling of tight lists, which is fixed in the next build.

  • I had to make a token edit to my post to cause the fix to take effect. Will you be recompiling all posts site-wide to implement the fix? Is this process underway? – Mark Amery Jun 23 '15 at 0:53
  • @MarkAmery No, we don't do anything like that. We have something like 30 million questions and answers. Let's say 100ms to render a post (I don't know what the average time there is, but the ballpark should be correct), that's about 35 machine-days to re-render them all. Doing something like that for an issue that impacts a very small number of posts and that visibily impacts even fewer is not something we would consider. – balpha Jun 23 '15 at 5:33
  • @MarkAmery Also, for any change to Markdown we make there are posts out there that rely on the old behavior and that look broken after the change (I give on example for this particular case in the linked post). While that is not a good reason not to improve Markdown, it would still be nice not to break those old posts, and by deferring re-rendering to the next time a post is edited (which also means that a human looks at it), we achieve just that. – balpha Jun 23 '15 at 5:39

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