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@tkimnguyen could you add to the bullet point "Show traceback errors" that the traceback needs to be either posted to pastie or formatted as code, otherwise it makes the entire message completely unreadable, due to markup?

I'd say: for long tracebacks, use (or some of the other equivalent services, I can't think of which right now). For tracebacks up to 20 lines, more or less, paste it, then select it, then click the </> icon in the toolbar.

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