For months — perhaps even years — John McCreery and MTBradley have been sounding off in the comments about how damn hard it is to learn textile format, the only way SM accepts to format comments. It turns out he wasn’t the only one. Textile — a beloved markup language I learned back in the days of the University of Blogaria — was bringing our site to its knees with its inefficient and moribund addon. Since I was the only one using it, the community didn’t like it, and it crippled the site, we’ve disabled it. Textile is dead, long live HTML — huzzah!
The downside of this is that since it took me like a month to make the change it will probably take even longer for me to go back and clean up the entries I’ve written that have textile markup in them. So for a while — indeed, let’s face it, possibly forever — these pieces will look weird. Sorry — its just hard to find time to do website maintenance while also applying for tenure. And any rate that stuff is old news, right?