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Is there an easy way to paste rich text into posts?

So if I want to copy/paste the bulleted lines from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conjugate_variables#Derivatives_of_action,

I get this...

The energy of a particle at a certain event is the negative of the derivative of the action along a trajectory of that particle ending at that event with respect to the time of the event. The linear momentum of a particle is the derivative of its action with respect to its position. The angular momentum of a particle is the derivative of its action with respect to its angle (angular position). The electric potential (φ, voltage) at an event is the negative of the derivative of the action of the electromagnetic field with respect to the density of (free) electric charge at that event. The magnetic potential (A) at an event is the derivative of the action of the electromagnetic field with respect to the density of (free) electric current at that event. The electric field (E) at an event is the derivative of the action of the electromagnetic field with respect to the electric polarization density at that event. The magnetic induction (B) at an event is the derivative of the action of the electromagnetic field with respect to the magnetization at that event. The Newtonian gravitational potential at an event is the negative of the derivative of the action of the Newtonian gravitation field with respect to the mass density at that event.

It ain't pretty at all. Now - while I can try to manually change the formatting of the paste (so that it can have bulleted points), it can be pretty time-consuming after a while. Is there a faster way to do this?

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marked as duplicate by Rick Sladkey, Time Traveling Bobby, jonsca, Pops, YOU Sep 10 '11 at 12:12

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You could copy the wikimarkup, but the wiki links won't transfer. I think the fastest way is still to add * in front of the newlines –  JohnP Sep 7 '11 at 6:06

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Not really, the Stack Exchange engine only recognizes Markdown as far as I know. So unless you can find an automatic wiki-to-markdown converter (for which you might try asking on Webapps?) there's no shortcut to manually converting it.

One thing that might make the process a little easier is to click on the "edit" link on the Wikipedia page and copy the source markup, rather than just copying the rendered HTML.

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@InquilineKea - That is exactly it. What is being copied in/out of the clipboard is not html and text, it is basic formatting and text, something that SE sites have not been designed to translate it's formatting mechanism (markdown). –  user66001 Feb 3 '13 at 1:28

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