My small writers group (5 people) has been using a mini-Ning for years. That service is about to be discontinued, and we are looking for alternatives. We have long discussions about our writing and writing-related topics.
One thing we do is critique each other poetry, so we need to be able to post poems and excerpts of poems in our discussions. Sometimes the poems are indented. When I was playing with this in “the Sandbox” today, I noticed that when I indented lines they became preformatted text. Not good when that split up the poem into two styles, like this:
At the start
this poem is not indented
later it is
not so nice for that last line
to look different from the rest of the poem.
and by the way sometimes we use italics in our poems.
…So, I thought, "No problem! I’ll just preformat the whole thing with that handy preformatting button. Here’s what happens:
**A Poem** At the start this poem is not indented later it is not so nice for that last line to look different from the rest of the poem. and by the way sometimes we use _italics_ in our poems.
You can see that I lose the bold and italics in the poem. Otherwise it’s a good solution. I like that the poem is set off in grey. I don’t love the courier font, but I imagine that can be changed. It just occurred to me this preformatting is probably intended for programming language.
Is there a solution for our poems?
Any other thoughts about a small group of writers using Discourse?