I was really hoping that switching the stock WYSIWYG editor with CKEditor was going to work. This doesn't seem to be a tenable solution. I can get it installed and "working" but not well enough to publish. It is too big of a disconnect of the two systems to make CKE viable in a vB 3.8 environment. The visuals inside of the editor are in some cases completely different from what will be seen in the post (or preview).
So, I must look at different ways to fix the spacing issue. As of writing this post, I am unable to reproduce all of the issues being reported here. In fact, what I am seeing almost seems opposite. I am getting some CRLFs removed instead of added. Can someone please provide a simple step by step replication procedure for me? What browser with what plugins and in what configuration.