My best guess is that @slackHQ got a lot of flack for their good idea: adding WYSIWYG.
But one thing that makes a good idea a great idea is making sure that your broad user base really wants it, or can easily turn it off.
Earlier today they finally rolled out what would have made it great at release … a way to disable this feature that some hard-core keyboardists abhor.
@Netflix … are you listening?
If you want to copy+paste the instructions to share, here it is in Markdown: (you may need to add your own :hamborger: to your workspace)
By the way, if the auto format function on Slack is slowing you down by breaking your typing stride, close and reopen (or force refresh) the Slack client, then: Click the oddly placed :hamborger: (:hamburger:) overflow menu, then pick *File* > *Preferences…* > *Advanced* > *Format messages with markup* @LorenaB