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Is the accusation that smallcaps significantly hurts my question's software compatibility well founded?

Yes, the small caps you're using are bad for machines. People also may have issues with them. AceCalhoon pointed us in comments to a question on Super User about the usage and purpose of these glyphs....
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Is formatting more important than content on StackExchange answers for initial votes?

Well, of course upvotes are at anyone's discretion, they can upvote because they like your clever use of headers. However, you are making a false dichotomy between "format" and "content." If someone ...
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Is there a style guide for posts?

We don't have a local style guide because we don’t have a house style to encourage. There are a few common practices that we inherit from a few different sources though, which are practical matters ...
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Are Markdown tables superior to MathJax arrays for accessibility?

Realized I could do some experimentation of my own here: at least with the Non-Visual Digital Access (NVDA) screen reader (which is free, and therefore quite popular as I understand things—it’s also ...
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Should question titles be formatted as a question?

Titles should clearly represent the content of the post, yes. We need to be able to find them later, and they should be good front-page advertisements for their question. But they need not be phrased ...
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Is the accusation that smallcaps significantly hurts my question's software compatibility well founded?

The F in your iterations of Let Us Discuss This Further appears as a white box for me. Kind of a case-in-point: if this is happening to me, it’s happening to others,...
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Is the accusation that smallcaps significantly hurts my question's software compatibility well founded?

The observation is founded 1. Style is secondary to comprehensibility Though we do prefer to maintain the style used in sources, this isn't a hard rule and is always secondary to making sure posts ...
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Posting "shortcuts" to make my posts look more professional?

It sounds like you should look at the help pages about using markdown syntax and general formatting guidance - these pages will explain and provide examples of the formatting syntax used on stack ...
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What's wrong with my quotation marks and apostrophes?

They are not undesired. Please do feel free to use curly quotes and apostrophes. Those curly quotes and apostrophes should not have been removed. Overall we respect your writing decisions as the ...
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MathJax (\$\LaTeX\$ in posts) is live!

A number of posts would benefit from MathJax's tables, if not its mathematics. The array environment can do tables quite well. (Thanks nitsua60 for finding this!) ...
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Is the accusation that smallcaps significantly hurts my question's software compatibility well founded?

The reasons are well-founded. The original question was not written in English. This meant it was extremely difficult to access the page using a screen reader. The SuperUser question Why shouldn’t I ...
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Is formatting more important than content on StackExchange answers for initial votes?

First, see mxyzplk's answer, which addresses the feedback to the questions and answers you've posted so far on the site. Second, RPG.SE can be confusing to newer users, so it may help to address some ...
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What is the clearest way to format links to D&D Beyond alongside quoted rules?

What I do Let's say I want to quote the Actions in Combat section of the PHB, I will do this: As we can see from the "Actions in Combat" section (PHB, page 182): Quote goes here Why I do ...
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Posting "shortcuts" to make my posts look more professional?

In addition to the help pages linked by Carcer, if you find any piece of formatting you like the look of (and want to understand how has been done) you can click the ...
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Are abbreviations/acronyms preferred?

Approachability is preferred. Posts should not be unnecessarily difficult to read. That means super common abbreviations like “PHB” are fine and nobody has to spell them out. More obscure acronyms ...
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Can we have smallcaps?

Small caps won't be implemented at SE any time soon because they can't be represented in the flavour of Markdown used by SE currently, and all feature requests that require extending the Markdown ...
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Is formatting more important than content on StackExchange answers for initial votes?

Sometimes a good comment is a bad answer First of all, to answer your stated question: both content and formatting are things which can add to (or subtract from) the quality of a post. They are both ...
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Should question titles be formatted as a question?

If the only “problem” with a question is that its title is not phrased in the form of a question, then there is no problem with the question. Please do not clutter the top of the site with ...
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MathJax (\$\LaTeX\$ in posts) is live!

Since it comes up a fair amount in fantasy settings like Faerûn, handling accents in a MathJax setting (i.e. table) is... awkward. The û character uses the wrong ...
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Should question titles be formatted as a question?

We encourage people to edit questions to improve them. Making titles more clear is an improvement that can always be reverted by the querent.
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Is there a style guide for posts?

I'm going to come at this from a slightly different direction, addressing the writing style rather than the presentation style... Answer the question quickly and obviously. There's a lot that goes ...
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Should question titles be formatted as a question?

(Thanks for clarifying.) No, titles do not need to be formatted as questions. They just need to communicate well what the question is about. They're titles! If you want to know what the question is, ...
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We have CommonMark

Good news, but please edit your old questions as we normally do. I'm seeing a lot of edits come through that should probably be spaced out over time so that the active page isn't flooded. Before you ...
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How to format a side-by-side comparison table?

See this MSE post for the table formatting/syntax and limitations: New Feature: Table Support Syntax Okay, so how do you use tables? We've updated our formatting help to give you some guidance. But ...
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Should answers be like essays or newspapers

You're doing what will answer the question the best. In most cases, this is neither essay nor newspaper form - believe it or not (I know some of our users don't) but many questions can be answered in ...
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How do I link Player's Handbook passages to my post?

Pasting isn't always necessary Mostly you don't need to paste any PHB material into posts. Anyone who can answer already has their own copy to read, so usually you just need to say what you're asking ...
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Are abbreviations/acronyms preferred?

I feel strongly enough about this, that I think Carcer's comment above should be its own answer: The preferred method for all but the very most common of acronyms and initials should be to spell out ...
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Images of Magic: The Gathering symbols make text render ugly on mobile site

You appear to be using the deprecated mobile view. See this meta.se: Deprecating our mobile views This creates a couple of issues. First, if you’re adding a feature to an existing part of the site, ...
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What is the clearest way to format links to D&D Beyond alongside quoted rules?

Options 1-3 miss the point. Each of those options fails to direct a reader how to find the rule quoted apart from following your link. If I've got the PHB in front of me, there's nothing in those &...
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How can we use bold/italics inside MathJax tables?

By looking at this related meta from Math SE, I found these formatting options which I think may be what you want. You can use \textit and ...
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