On this question, the answer text is out of alignment with the rest of the page and is pushed into the voting buttons:

screen shot of weird spacing

Every other question I've seen on this site lines up more neatly, like this:

screen shot of typical page

I wondered what caused this difference. I noticed that this post begins with "3000." and wondered if this was confusing Markdown somehow. It didn't actually render it as a numbered list; that would have been indented, not outdented. To test the theory I temporarily edited the post to begin "You need 3000." instead, and the formatting was then fine. (I then reverted that edit to leave the evidence in place for this bug report.)

Whether the text gets interpreted as text or as the first item in a numbered list, I didn't expect it to be able to escape its borders.

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It actually is parsing it as a list, as checking the HTML of the page confirms. The reason it is outdented is so that the period of the list always appears in the same place. Observe:

  1. list


  1. another list
  • Whoa. So "1000000000." would really mess things up. I guess the problem here is that the indentation point is fixed, rather than being relative to the left edge of the post's bounding box. Jul 21, 2017 at 13:06
  • For me after 10 digits the number just stops showing, @MonicaCellio
    – Double AA Mod
    Jul 21, 2017 at 14:54

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