Originally Posted by dwig
Agreed, though on rare occasions it is necessary to have two different classes of scene break and using an ornament in one is reasonable.
When working with a single short story that lacks any chapter divisions you can encounter a situation where having both normal scene breaks (blank line only) and major scene breaks (blank line with ornament) is desirable. When I encounter these I prefer to avoid the asterisks even though there is reasonable "history" of these being used in print books for centuries. I prefer to use a small graphic ornament instead. Even so, these ornamented breaks should be the less common of the two.
But the case I am talking about is when the * * * is left in because it's a holdover from the print version to note that a section break is at the bottom of a page. I have not actually read any books that have the need for two different section breaks. I have read a number of books that don't have specific chapter breaks like the Discworld series (for example). In that case, there is just space for the section breaks. Also, because a section break can fall at the bottom of the screen, I like having the first paragraph after the section break to have no indent. That makes it easier to tell it's a section break.