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I'm a huge sucker for markdown as well
Having extremely readable raw text and nicely formatted results makes for a better experience!
I for myself prefer plain text or BBCode, since I believe in good design and content which should follow the given design. Usually for posts this should be enough.
But for any person uncommon with html or BBCode WYSIWYG or plain text may be the better way. And with WYSIWYG ONLY to give some base formatting in the given design.
BBC. Easy to use and is common everywhere, especially on the mod sites. You know how much of a pain it is to switch formats when updating on multiple sites? Copy/Paste FTW.
posts dont need formatting other then a way to quote and paste code
edit: but if you must then textile.
I'd say Textile or Markdown - would be awesome to include these options.
TinyMCE is rubbish IMO. WYSIWYG with BBCode is the way to go - like the editor you get with vBulletin.
WYSIWYG annoys on me on forums these days. Personally I find its faster to use BBCode to format my posts instead of using the WYSIWYG approach. It tends to be more accurate too. Then again, I am used to HTML coding by hand (since WYSIWYG HTML editors tend throw in lots of crap tags) as I prefer my code to be clean. I have never used MediaWiki, then again, I have never posted or edited any Wiki articles although having got to used to both HTML and BBCode, I can probably pick up MediaWiki pretty easily. If I have an issue with BBCode (that is pretty rare) then plain text with some HTML tags works just fine.
WYSIWYG can be a problem for downlevel users, but there are some very good ones out there these days. For example, Telerik's Editor control (while certainly not free), is extremely powerful and very hard to break.
That being said, I am familiar with BBCode, MediaWiki, and HTML, so whatever happens I can live with. Wiki markup is probably the easiest to work with of the choices, once you learn it.
I favor BBCode myself as it's relatively close to HTML, which I know, without the security risks of plain HTML. I've never been able to understand wiki style coding and it's never been intuitive for me.
I find WYSIWYG editors to be too buggy or unpredictable most of the time.
Could support multiple types though, this commenting system seems to. Or is that too much overhead?