|The stupid question is the question not asked|
"...automatic paragraph breaks, which are easy to do..."
I found this thread because I searched for "paragraph breaks".
Posting from a tablet or phone, (something I do more and more frequently these days) and inserting code for paragraph breaks on a touchscreen keyboard is like, a nearly intolerable nuisance. I don't like Tiny MCE, please no, but converting text newlines to html paragraph breaks is a trivial substitution.
I'm not exactly a "newbie", though, historically I post very infrequently, I thought, perhaps it was thought that forcing people to insert a minimum of HTML into their posts will be educational or something. I don't know.
But now, to make this posting more readable, I will need to navigate down into the deep recesses of this bloody tablet and find the left angle bracket, navigate back out, through several layers of keyboard functions to type in a p. Dive back down for the right angle bracket, do the same steps for the end paragraph, including the forward slash this time. Copy these to clipboard and go back through my post and paste in paragraph breaks. All of which takes more time than it took to write the post itself.
If I were going to post here often, it would probably be easier to hack my tablet or phone (both Android) and do something with the keyboard layout to include some basic HTML. Maybe there is an app for that? Sometimes on my phone I see a .com key.
Now time for another grueling exercise in constructing html paragraph breaks. (On my computer, typing html is second nature, but the angle brackets are actually on the keyboard!)