It looks like both the bold and italics work right if you highlight the text first then click on the Bold and Italics buttons on the reply screen. Otherwise, if you just type in the tags manually, the tags don’t get parsed correctly.
Well, I could probably dig in and find out what’s going on. I’ve been a web developer for eight years, and I’ve been using PHP for the last couple. There’s probably a good reason for it, but everything points to “bug”.
In case anybody cares, the server uses mirrored RAID-1, so I think the posts here are pretty safe. It’s unlikely both drives would fail at the same time. But that reminds me, I intended to add a database backup to my nightly event, and I keep forgetting. I’ll have to do that soon, just in case both drives ever do fail, or the database ever gets corrupted somehow.