(which is ironic since im writing this in markdown)

The markdown syntax and it’s unreadable, for example:

The *quick* **brown** fox jumps over the **lazy** dog

Translates to:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

It’s pretty unreadable to put both bolds and itallics with * because it leads to confussion. because a normal person reads *text between asterisks* as bold. not as /cursive/

In saner alternatives (org-mode for example) *something* goes to something and /something/ goes to something

Not to mention that when markdown lacks something (because it’s not bloated!) you have to fallback to HTML.