Thank freakin' heavens. I was able to go MAD.

new php auto indent - vim_use | Google Groups:

"I do a lot of php work and have recently found that I'm getting new
indents where I didn't before and, worse for me, when I switch out of
php with a ?> and go to a new line to enter some html the indent drops
to the start of the line where it used to stay at the same indent

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