I swear the HTML in half my posts are getting broken in some way every time I try to edit them in the new editor.
Thanks, but no thanks; I want to stick to the old editor, where what I see is what is served to the browser.
Other than double line breaks being converted to paragraphs, but I can live with that. It’s less painful than the alternative of typing <p> every time. (LaTeX support too!) But see, what I want is well-defined semantics I can easily replicate in my head, not something I have to delve into WordPress’s source code to divine.
This is why I don’t like “smart quotes” either; quite inevitably, the algorithm gets them wrong the moment you deviate even slightly from typical English usage. Unfortunately, WordPress.com doesn’t offer an option to disable them, so guess what, you’ll have to live with them. In fact, most of the “smart” autoreplacements WP tries to do have backfired at some point.
Did you know that, if you substitute numerals for a and b, “axb” gets rendered with a multiplication sign instead of the Latin letter ‘x’? Of course, this also fails the moment you type hexadecimal literals that happen to not have digits above 9. Oh, and this can’t be disabled, because why would anyone ever write about hexadecimal literals?