I can't answer the asterisk question because I don't have an iphone, but if you select "Remember me" when you login, you won't be timed out while writing long posts. So this eliminates the need to copy and paste posts from some other format.
The world opens up... when you do.
Oh, oh, can't you see? Love is the drug for me. ~Bryan Ferry
"Love is that condition in which another person's happiness is essential to your own." ~Robert Heinlein