My basic problem with the italics is that given the site's choice of font, the italics doesn't stand out very well; it's just a slightly slanted version of the standard font rather than a distinctive italics font
I've always had the same issue with the italics, but at least the arial-looking italics would work. Now it seems even that works intermittently. Oh well. I just wish all of the formatting would be fixed (it's not that difficult).
And of course, I wish many of the regular posters would learn to use the quote feature. For the reason you listed alone, it makes responses more difficult to read (and some don't even use italics when quoting). This includes some of the lawyer contributors.