We have an exciting update for you. We believe it will also delight your wonderful community members.
We have always prided ourselves on our minimalistic and concise design. When possible, we keep things simple and straightforward. Our editor is tricky, though. While we have gotten consistent feedback that our community appreciates the simplicity, we have also gotten requests for more instruction and guidance when writing, especially around markdown formatting syntaxes. We certainly don’t want those who are not familiar with markdown syntaxes feeling uncomfortable and unwelcome to share their experience.
To improve this, we are adding a little human touch to the editor with the introduction of the markdown toolbar. We believe the toolbar should give writers just enough guidance to have an enriched writing experience without formatting get in the way of the writing itself. In other words, we aim to remove the distractions you may encounter, so you can focus on writing. (Hint: we also have something exciting planned around simplifying liquid tags ✨)
If you haven’t, I encourage you to do so. It’s right in the editor where you create a post. If it appeals to you, I would also encourage you to introduce it to your community! We believe this will lower the barrier for them to start writing and have meaningful conversations.
Cover image screenshot by Suzanne Aitchison.