@a_5mith Its an example, when I used Xenforo before in the past, I took out those options so that users couldn't use the alignment, font resizing, font families, etc.
I'm complaining about the need to add all of the extra crap such as the asterisk - most users don't even use it because of the same reason I am complaining about. This is just a forum, nothing more than a forum so no, theres no need for all of the complication when formatting your post.
I like Markdown, more so than BBCode. I'm talking about having the "live editing" visible first then maybe in another tab or so, you can alter the Markdown manually, not in the first place. WYSIWYG is definitely not a step backwards, more so developers tend to implement it in the worse way. I gave some examples here and like I said, and I will stand strongly by this... the side by side preview is for developers and not the average user (the average user being your neighbor, your grandma, your uncle), and we can even go as far as psychological studies and using kids from the ages of 11-15 year olds to decide whether or not the side by side panes vs the WYSIWYG-type of editor is better for them - they will definitely use the WYSIWYG-like editor. Demographically speaking, your site will attract certain type of individuals just solely based on the type of editor you're using and the efficiency you will get out of it. Otherwise you will get a bunch of people typing without any care to format. Then they have to read up on Markdown, what it is and how to use it - most people won't even go as far as the URL linking.
Posts should be uniform and simple to read.
Thats the result of - a composed post, which has nothing to do with what I am talking about.
Ghost has a modal box that shows "Markdown Help"... Well what the hell? Thats so much trial and error of having to format and its just too much going on. Leave the advanced stuff to the more advanced individuals. I don't feel that you should force a user to study and learn Markdown if they don't want to.