On SU, can we remove the default syntax highlighting? It seems that most uses for the Markdown 4-space-indent-code-block on SU are not actual code, and the syntax highlighting is more of a hindrance than a help.

I think what SU really needs isn't a code block, but a preformatted block, and I think the user-friendliest implemementation would simply change the 4-space-indent Markdown to render as <pre></pre> instead of <pre><code></code></pre>.

Here's one awful example (see the first revision). The syntax highlighting was useless to the final rendering of the post, and it made the post hideously slow to load.

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    Brilliant. It would save all the peculiar syntax highlighting one gets when printing a routing table or a configuration file.
    – Ether
    Commented Feb 23, 2010 at 3:40
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    Also, on the off chance someone does legitimately want color-coding (maybe editing an XML configuration file or something), that person will probably be technical enough to type <pre><code>...</code></pre> him- or herself.
    – Dr. Gonzo
    Commented Feb 23, 2010 at 14:41
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    There's routing tables on superuser??
    – Sam Cogan
    Commented Feb 23, 2010 at 16:21
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    @Sam_Cogan: yeah, there are. ServerFault doesn't want home-networking questions.
    – quack quixote
    Commented Feb 24, 2010 at 0:18
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    Still some highlighting I'd like: a fat red underline when the space between Super and User or Stack and Flow or Server and Fault is missing ;-)
    – Arjan
    Commented Feb 27, 2010 at 16:55
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    @Arjan: maybe when they show a space in the site logos i'll start remembering that the names of these sites contain spaces. until then, you should totally write a greasemonkey script for that. :)
    – quack quixote
    Commented Feb 27, 2010 at 17:33
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    @~quack, here's a bookmarklet for you instead ;-) jsbin.com/awina
    – Arjan
    Commented Feb 27, 2010 at 19:21
  • @Arjan: +1 for hilarity. but i meant a script to do what you said: the fat red underline when the space is missing. :)
    – quack quixote
    Commented Feb 27, 2010 at 19:34
  • Of course, I know you meant. Unless you know of a way to force everyone to use such script, I guess editing is actually easier. Too bad I cannot edit at Meta ;-)
    – Arjan
    Commented Feb 27, 2010 at 19:38
  • hmmm. fair point. in that case could you modify the other trilogy logos too?
    – quack quixote
    Commented Feb 28, 2010 at 4:30
  • The name of the site is in the title bar, logos often mash words together as one.
    – random
    Commented Mar 5, 2010 at 0:55
  • +! this is a great idea!
    – Paul Nathan
    Commented Mar 5, 2010 at 1:06
  • I believe this should apply to server fault as well. I frequently want to post pre-formated text, that isn't source code there. I think the need for highlighted source code is pretty rare.
    – Zoredache
    Commented Mar 5, 2010 at 1:07
  • If you need to dump points, you need to bounty up old questions.
    – random
    Commented Mar 30, 2010 at 9:58
  • @random: don't think i'm not considering it. but should i really be dumping points into Jeff of all people??
    – quack quixote
    Commented Mar 30, 2010 at 11:02

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I agree, we probably don't need syntax highlighting on Super User -- it can now be disabled on a per-site basis.

(The prettify JavaScript is still served; that'd be a much deeper change.)

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    From my initial testing, using user0x36E0's suggestion from the comments will not work to get the syntax highlighting if we need it? Is there any way to get it?
    – heavyd
    Commented Mar 5, 2010 at 8:01

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