# Why aren’t my spoiler markup working?

On Recognizable natural numbers for alien message? I used >! at the beginning of a paragraph in 3 places. Only 1 of them works! What's the problem? I went over it carefully for stray spaces, and see no difference between what works and what doesn't, or what the help states.

## 2 Answers

James K fixed it, and explains in the edit comment that two consecutive spoiler blocks don’t work.

It looks to me like it's working fine, but

• Multiple >! spoiler blocks are joined into one paragraph
• You must start each new line with >!

Markdown quoting (which is what spoiler blocks really are a special case of) is funny like that.

I guess if you really want them separate you can add a dummy paragraph in between them. I've been known to add a simple "and" between quoted blocks where they are actually distinct.

• I don’t understand. Each line (flowed para) does have a >!  but it shows as a regular blockquote with ! in it. They are discontiguous, with non-hidden between them. What do you mean by a dummy and paragraph? – JDługosz Feb 6 '17 at 22:52