what do you want me to do to the text editor?
True, you have to edit some stuff twice, but you can ulimately get it to look like you want. Don't get rid of it entirely, since it has some useful formatting options.
Cutting & pasting from Notepad helps.
why is it only enabled when i edit my posts, not when i first type them?
I would keep it simple with the option to turn it off so we can C&P.
Also, when i'm on my computer at work (square tube monitor) the articles on the front page are pushed down past the Michigan Blogs section. its fine on my wide screen at home
The rich text editor is the only thing about the new site that I haven't gotten used to. It would be nice if we could turn it off especially if we didn't have to do it every time we post. Or you could get rid of it completely and just have plain text and buttons for n00bs who don't know the code yet like this but not as crappy looking: http://mgovideo.com/index.php?page=comment
BlueDurham, If you are using Firefox, there are a few spell checking add-ons you can use. I added U.S. English Dictionary 3.0.3 and its a great tool. Works in a similar fashion to the spell checker in MSWord with a red dotted line under words that may have been misspelled.