Inspired by Phil’s little rant:
“Most weblog comment systems convert a single return into a break tag, and two returns into a paragraph. If yours does not, that’s something unusual, and you need to tell people, before they submit a comment that they expect to be several paragraphs long, only to find that they’ve submitted one giant lump of text that makes them look foolish.”
I went ahead and added a little bit of a “head’s up” on the comment form. Now you can see clearly that this particular commenting system does NOT convert line breaks and that if you want a line break, you should break out the proper HTML tags. Personally, it never bothers me if someone’s comment looks like one long paragraph instead of a couple of smaller paragraphs but, obviously, not everyone feels the same way, so the text warning is there now.
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