I’ve always written descriptions and comments in my own observations in both English and Finnish, separated by a line with only three dashes on it. (Since most of the people looking at Finnish observations will probably be Finnish, but English obviously has a better chance of being understood by everyone else)
In the past, it has looked fine - with the three dashes displayed as, well, three dashes (or a short line). When I looked at a few of my old observations just now, I immediately noticed that the English versions are now HUGE AND BOLD. I haven’t added new observations in a while (new camera, haven’t yet figured out a good workflow :), nor looked at my old ones, so I don’t know when this has changed.
It seems like the markdown used by iNaturalist formatting has been changed, and a line consisting only of one or more dashes below another line now makes the preceding line a heading. This is all well and good - for anything that was written after the change - but shouldn’t things written before the change be displayed like they were when they were first written, as the author intended? As it is, the formatting on all my writings now suddenly looks like it was done by a crazy person, due to no fault of my own. :D
Maybe anything written before <insert-date-of-change> should use the old markdown-to-html conversion code? Or be fed through some code that escapes any new markdown introduced after the change, before being fed to the new markdown-to-html converter? (I noticed backslash seems to work for escaping at least the dashes-make-headers thing - at least in this forum editor - but I don’t know what other markdown might’ve been introduced in the change)
I hope it’ll be fixed; I only have 40-odd observations, but I’m still not looking forward to combing through them (and all my comments) to find and fix all the screwed-up formatting - I can’t even imagine how tedious it would be for someone who actually has tons of observations, and has used dashes (or other things that are now recognized as markdown) in a similar manner. And that’s assuming they even notice the problem - for someone who doesn’t use dashes like this regularly, but has done it once or twice, the formatting on some of their old posts is now screwed up, and they might never notice it themselves. (Given that iNaturalist has millions of users, and I don’t think I’m the only one who has ever used dashes like this, I assume the iNaturalist database at the moment has a bunch of “mines” like this)