Is it possible to get some more "help" added to the Formatting help page particularly for Spoiler markdown?

For example, it would be useful to be able to see how to put new lines and empty lines in a Spoiler Block. The simple return character does not behave as might be expected.


Spoiler Line One. Spoiler Line Two.

  • I fixed the markdown. Note: Your question is rather unclear.
    – Edlothiad
    Feb 28, 2018 at 13:20
  • I'm not sure how to make it clearer, maybe by removing my failed attempts...
    – Jontia
    Feb 28, 2018 at 13:29
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    I would suggest by clarifying what your actual question is.
    – Edlothiad
    Feb 28, 2018 at 13:31
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    Use the <br> break character instead of a carriage return. Simples
    – Valorum
    Feb 28, 2018 at 16:04

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According to this comment from eons ago, no one here can. However you can ask it on Meta Stack Exchange and they may help.

As far as I can research, the mods (and certainly the users) are unable to change the formatting page specifically for SFF. It is set by the developers, although changes have been implemented from Meta.SE they won't add every example in.

As for your specific problem, what you need to do is to add two spaces at the end of the line to force a line break, for example

>! Para 1  
>! Para 2

(With two spaces after the top two lines) renders as:

Para 1

Para 2

Whereas without the two spaces, one gets:

Para 1 Para 2

And with only two spaces on the middle line, one gets:

Para 1
Para 2

  • It's good to know the how, even if the edit page is out of scope.
    – Jontia
    Feb 28, 2018 at 13:42
  • As far as I can research the mods I'd love to know how you researched the mods.
    – Möoz
    Mar 1, 2018 at 0:56
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    @Möoz * checks for hidden cameras *
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Mar 1, 2018 at 10:14

The easiest way to put blank lines and breaks into spoiler text (or any blockquote text) is to use the 'break' command

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>! My text goes here. <br> This text goes on the next line. <br> <br> <br> I can also use multiple breaks to create multiple line breaks.

My text goes here.
This text goes on the next line.

I can also use multiple breaks to create multiple line breaks.

  • It looks like you can only have one right answer, so I should probably leave it where it is. But thanks for the other solution. I should really have thought of that myself.
    – Jontia
    Feb 28, 2018 at 18:34
  • Ugh, <br> as a substitute for <p> is really ugly. But Chrome tells me the other answer also produces ugly <br> tags, so meh.
    – Kevin
    Mar 1, 2018 at 5:00
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    @Kevin There's no "pretty" way to do it. I, too, use break tags for spoilers
    – Machavity
    Mar 1, 2018 at 19:31
  • @Machavity spaces are pretty, they're invisible ;)
    – Edlothiad
    Mar 2, 2018 at 9:28

As a side note, among other things that probably need to be documented, if not fixed, it's not possible currently to put spoiler and non-spoiler quotes next to each other. I currently handle it by putting some non-quoted text (Laurel suggests using an unsupported HTML tag like "<!>") in between like the following:

This is a quote that I'm including.

This is the spoiler part that I didn't want immediately visible.

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    There's a way to do it without having random text in between: just add (e.g.) <!>, which the system interprets as an unsupported HTML tag and strips it out.
    – Laurel
    Mar 2, 2018 at 4:27

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