This is the current how to format sidebar:
Could this be updated in any way? For example, I think the html link suggestion should go.
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I love markdown. After using it extensively on SE, I now do most of my writing using it. I get annoyed when I stop and reflect upon the fact that Google docs still doesn't support it.
Prior to coming here, I had no idea that it really existed. I'd heard of it, and just figured it was something like bbcode or something else. In my defense, that was in 2008.
But, not everyone knows how it works, or even what it is, so advertising that a limited subset of HTML is supported is a good thing. Kinda like if you were a scientist and went to a conference, if all else failed, Latin might work.
What's interesting about this is, despite that - we still get 'probed' by spammers for bbcode support around a thousand times a day. Stupid robots.
I am not in love with how we show the formatting guidance, but I'd like to keep the same information there in any change we might make.