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
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.
<pre><code>...</code></pre>him- or herself.