I’ll begin this by admitting I don’t know hardly anything at all about coding, neither back nor front-end, but because of that I recognize how it can be devilishly hard to incorporate new features that might to others seem innocuous (and vice-versa, something the layman might assume would be horrendously difficult is a quick couple of lines and a push). So with that said I wanted to make clear that I have no idea if this idea is a feasible one, but I think it’s important enough to at least broach the topic.
In short: I feel like it would be a good idea to consider implementing a system of story-uploading where rather than working within or copy-pasting your work into the current upload word editor, an author could upload a simple document file and not need to worry so much about re-formatting. I know for me the big frustration as I’ve been learning on how to use the story upload feature is that I work in Scrivener or Google Docs, and trying to copy over my work to GSS from either of those is a gigantic hassle due to the way that GSS’ markdown editor is handled. Paragraph breaks don’t align or get recognized; indentation disappears; italicized or otherwise styled formats need to be manually hunted down and re-added; the list goes on.
I’m sure that many folks probably like the current word editor within the upload section as it is, but I’m sure plenty of us would also at least like to see if there’s the option instead for a direct-upload scenario instead in order to keep formatting as intended, or at least make it less of a mess and a pain to try and reformat within the site editor afterward.