I just tried to insert a table while writing a post but it appeared broken in the preview. I used the basic example shown in the "formatting tips" to confirm:

| A header | Another header |
| -------- | -------------- |
| First    | row            |
| Second   | row            |

And here's what I see in the preview:

Broken table

I even tried to edit an existing post that had tables in it and all the tables were broken in the preview (although they looked fine in the live post).

To test this, you can simply edit this question and look at the preview of the following table.

A header Another header
First row
Second row
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    ...Yep, you're certainly right. I'm seeing the same thing if I try to edit your post (or make a new post) containing that exact table formatting.
    – V2Blast
    Sep 22, 2022 at 1:57
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    While we are fixing this, can we also take care of these longstanding bugs? Markdown preview doesn't match post, Markdown table preview does not detect missing blank line before table header Sep 22, 2022 at 2:10
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    @CaveJohnson A part of me tells me this bug came about from a faulty attempt to fix those bugs. Sep 22, 2022 at 2:56
  • @Sonic very unlikely, as neither of those bugs even have status-review on them. Unless SE reverted their recent decision to first put bugs and requests into review, and back to the wild "Fix what you see" which didn't work well. (one bug fixed every few months, totally randomly.) Sep 22, 2022 at 8:42
  • @ShadowTheKidWizard Developers aren't restricted to only completing escalated tasks, and it's up to them whether they want to tag as under review or planned before completing. If they stumble upon a meta report, they have the ability, both technically and procedurally, to fix it. Sep 22, 2022 at 10:05
  • @Sonic sure, but that's just very rare. They do have internal "TO DO" list, which consists of bugs and feature requests marked for review. And those two bugs mentioned here aren't trivial to fix, so it is unlikely a developer will spend time of them outside of that internal list, which is very long already. Sep 22, 2022 at 10:32

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This has been fixed

if you view this post
in edit mode with preview
it should look just right

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