With standard quotes, you can use advanced formatting, such as paragraphs.

> Sentence 1.
> Sentence 2.

Sentence 1.

Sentence 2.

However, this is impossible with spoiler blockquotes.

>! Sentence 1.
>! Sentence 2.

Sentence 1. Sentence 2.

I think the spoilers should behave the save way as standard block quotes. Sometimes, it's nice to put a big explanation of the code in a spoiler, and currently I'm forced to use ugly <br>.

The issue is most likely caused by that spoiler block quotes are a hack, involving checking if the block quote begins with ! after rendering Markdown. This should be a part of Stack Exchange Markdown implementation in my opinion, not something implemented over actual Markdown.

  • \$\begingroup\$ @AdamLear Any update on the corresponding MSE feature request? \$\endgroup\$ Jul 17, 2021 at 9:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ @cairdcoinheringaahing Nothing new. I added a link to it to our internal tracker for this issue, though. \$\endgroup\$
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Jul 19, 2021 at 15:51

2 Answers 2


Yep, definitely a bug, but for now instead of <br> you could end each line with two spaces.



  • \$\begingroup\$ Isn't... that what you do with normal markdown? \$\endgroup\$
    – TheDoctor
    Apr 29, 2014 at 21:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ @TheDoctor With "normal" markdown, two newlines is a paragraph break. Adding two spaces after every line is a workaround for this. \$\endgroup\$
    – Doorknob
    Apr 29, 2014 at 21:45

It would be worth posting a bug report at meta.stackexchange if it hasn't already been done.

In the meantime:

>! <p>You can still use HTML markup to format spoiler text.</p>
>! <ul>
>! <li>`Like this,`</li>
>! <li>for example</li>
>! </ul>
>! <h2>Or this, even.</h2>

You can still use HTML markup to format spoiler text.

  • Like this,
  • for example

Or this, even.

  • \$\begingroup\$ It could be moved if neccessary. I'm just not sure how relevant this is to the entire network - I doubt that other sites need spoilers with paragraphs. \$\endgroup\$
    – 0..
    Apr 27, 2014 at 20:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ @xfix There was another bug with spoiler formatting that was recently fixed after a bug report was posted at meta SE. (It took a while for the admins to get round to it, mind you.) I think all the beta sites use identical themes, so the bug is almost certainly replicated in other places besides codegolf. \$\endgroup\$
    – r3mainer
    Apr 27, 2014 at 21:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ Please no. HTML is so annoying to edit and view. -_- \$\endgroup\$
    – Doorknob
    Apr 28, 2014 at 2:24

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