I'm here and I'm new to being here. I learned about this site from a member over at USMB who suggested that the nature of discussion he felt I prefer is more likely found here than there. (Believe it or not, a reason I, after joining that forum, proceeded to actively participate -- until now, the only Internet forum and social media site in which I've ever participated -- is that the user interface there (basically, the posting "window") makes composing posts much like writing in MS Word: very easy, robustly functioned, and, most importantly, I don't, in order to obtain expected formatting and content layout/compositional results, need to know a damn thing about what's "running behind the scenes." I've now posted several messages and run into a couple "issues" that I'd like to request the "powers that be" here deal with. LaTeX reserved characters -- I'm not unfamiliar with programming languages having reserved characters, and LaTeX has some. The problem is that I didn't, upon joining Sciforums, notice any notice that the site uses LaTeX markup. Accordingly, I had no idea that when I posted content that the dollar sign would trigger unexpected results. (It turns out that a number of commonly used symbols are reserved in LaTeX.) I don't know that shifting to a different markup language is a viable way to handle the matter. I suspect, however, that prominently informing members that LaTeX is the language sitting underneath our posts and pointing members to a LaTeX help page such as this one -- https://www.aps.org/meetings/abstract/latex.cfm -- or the Wiki resource linked above, would get the job done "well enough" that people will know what's up when they encounter "strangeness." That's a ridiculously inelegant solution -- odd for a site that themes itself a science forum...after all, little is more elegant than e=mc^2 (is that simple equation even going to display correctly? The caret is a reserved character in LaTeX.). Be that as it may, it is a solution that has the ability to work, even though it burdens posters with more work than they should need to undertake. Hyperlink indicators When one embeds a hyperlink into a piece of text in a post, the "system" doesn't automatically convert the text so that it's obvious to readers that there is a hyperlink there. When one merely pastes a hyperlink, the "system" doesn't convert it to "plain language." For example, the pasted hyperlink for the LaTeX help site should convert to "LaTeX Help," yet it doesn't. So, Sciforums admins/mods, can you effect ameliorative solutions to the things noted above? If you can, will you please do so?