Markdown has its advantages and is preferred by some people, but for many of us, it is unreliable and a pain in the ass to use, especially when we need more complex formatting, like a price sheet, YCH information, etc. Having it as an option is great, but forcing it on everyone is bad practice.
Please add either BB Code or filtered HTML formatting as alternatives and make Markdown optional. Let us chose which one we want to use.
Also give us some means of disabling Markdown if we don't want regular characters to get parsed into formatting. This could be achieved many ways, including a global account setting and a "nomarkdown" BB/Custom HTML tag.
In another ticket I made a list of the problems with Markdown to explain why we need other options too, and also made suggestions in how to implement the ability to disable Markdown for certain texts. However, apparently most people don't read past the title and think I want markdown to be replaced - I DO NOT! I suggest it to be optional alongside BB Code or HTML.
See my other ticket for the issues with Markdown: http://support.furrynetwork.com/topics/650-/
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