I've noticed that a lot of new users tend to format their posts like this, where they put things they want to emphasize or things that are even just barely vaguely technical in code blocks. This drives me nuts.

Is it OK to tell the person in a comment that they're formatting wrong, similar how we do the "welcome to Stack Exchange, we like repeatable questions" (or whatever other problem) dance?

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Don't harass. Just fix it, with a friendly comment in the edit summary.

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    +1 Except for chronic repeat offenders: then your edit summary can be a little more pointed...
    – jasonwryan
    Oct 21, 2013 at 6:07
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    This. It's what the "edit" link is for, after all.
    – user
    Oct 21, 2013 at 12:55
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    I love the fact that the community actually edits each others posts. It makes sense to do so as it helps to show what the question actually is.
    – cesar
    Oct 23, 2013 at 16:23
  • If I was the "new user" you were referring to, I would much rather accept such correction anytime than some other users unsatisfied with my grammar and not just restricting themselves to the mere correction of minor bits and pieces, but rewriting almost the whole article. I have already observed such things, and sometimes it felt close to presumptuous...That user who did all the rewriting could really be glad SE does not provide a PM option, since otherwise I would have given him a short telling-off :) Oct 26, 2013 at 2:02
  • the @syntaxerror 's are to be corrected, tho >:)
    – Braiam
    Oct 27, 2013 at 12:32

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