Originally Posted by Ssnedwards
Welcome to the site.
(on a note related to the topic here, I have a review of The Sparrow up on goodreads. Root around here and you should find my account somewhere.)
Ah, heck. It's here.
Generally, if you hit quote to posts with strange features, the site will show you what all those codes are, like spoilers.
But you do have to close the tags with the /. That's why your Italics of the title aren't working in your post.
What's really nice with some of the tags is you can highlight and hit a keystroke to format it (works with control-I to italicize).