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To reproduce what appears to be a bug that I'm encountering, create a new buffer with Emacs 26.1 (Fundamental mode is fine), and paste the following text in:

Without message passing to worry about, there is little need to
make invoking subroutines, be they functions or procedures,
late-bound literally all the time.  For this reason, Ascetic
Programming also dispenses with the idea that everything must
be late-bound.

Highlight the whole paragraph, and type M-x increase-left-margin RET to indent the paragraph four spaces.

Then put point on the W of Without, and perform the following in sequence: C-x f 70 RET M-q

Here's what I see after performing the above:

    Without message passing to worry about, there is little need
    to make invoking subroutines, be they functions or procedures,
    late-bound literally all the time.  For this reason, Ascetic
        Programming also dispenses with the idea that everything
    must be late-bound.

There are two problems that I see: (1) the paragraph is now indented 8 spaces instead of 4 (this also happens if I ensure point is in column 0 of the first line as well), and (2) Programming is indented way too far.

My goal is to get a nicely filled paragraph that happens to have a left margin of 4. What am I missing?

Thanks for your help.

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    I cannot replicate that. Does this happen under emacs -Q ? – phils Feb 10 at 7:39

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