In a more general sense, adding rich text formatting visibility in Mastodon blurs the lines between microblogging and more "traditional" blogging with things like WordPress or WriteFreely where you can format as much as you please.

I am not entirely sure that line needs to exist and it is basically entirely arbitrary anyways.

@staticsafe For that matter, when even chat programs have formatting syntax (mIRC's control code markup, irssi has limited parsing of _underlines_ and *asterisks* for emphasis, the old IM clients had lots of formatting options, and "modern" chat systems have Markdown), and microblogging is a step up from chat programs in spontaneity (read: you're *more* likely to use formatting)...

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