Maybe it was an older verrsion of Jira, but isn't there a way to enable WYSIWYG editing on issues (just like I can here on this Q&A)? I hit the edit icon and it allows me to edit text or markup but I'd like to have the enhanced wysiwg editor available.
No, Jira's editor is pretty much plain text.
There are a couple of plugins that do something a lot more wysiwyg on text fields - have a look for tinymce jira (I think that might have stopped development though) and jeditor.
https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/com.atlassian.jira.plugins.jira-wiki-editor is kind handy meanwhile. Its free, very lightweight, not proprietary, does not introduce anything besides the nice menu for formatting
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