I just received a "Thanks for participating" email for the Proof Assistants site. I assume these are sent automatically by a script, but it seems to have missed the Markdown-to-HTML parser somehow:

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    Everybody can format Markdown in their head anyway, right? Mar 22, 2022 at 14:48
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    Are you viewing it in HTML mode or as plain text? IIRC the way we send plain text is just use the markdown that backs the HTML version.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Mar 23, 2022 at 14:46
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    @AdamLear I didn't deliberately choose a mode; I see the unformatted text both on the Gmail website and the default iOS Mail app. Other emails (also ones from Stack Exchange) do show up properly formatted.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Mar 23, 2022 at 14:54

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For context, internally we use some automated emails to open up Jira issues. The HTML formatting made it hard to parse into tickets, so a while back we turned off HTML for a small number of emails, and this just got caught in the cross-fire.

Thanks for the report – should be all set now.

Sample email with HTML formatting

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