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I've seen a lot about Markdown here, but I haven't seen any direct answer.

Could you ensure me that Stack Overflow uses the Markdown wiki syntax?

If yes, which rendering library (from Markdown to HTML) is used?

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There are similarities, but markdown does not qualify as wiki syntax. What separates wiki markup are non-numeric page names with an immediate/flat mapping. –  mario Jan 22 '12 at 10:37

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According to Which tools and technologies are used to build the Stack Exchange Network?, Stack Overflow uses MarkdownSharp.

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Also meta.stackoverflow.com/editing-help is titled "Markdown editing help" and starts with "Markdown help". So indeed, Markdown, with some enhancements such as spoilers. –  Arjan Jan 22 '12 at 10:51
@Arjan Thanks for the comment, I was not aware of spoilers. Test: >! Probably not in comment-mode? –  Rob W Jan 22 '12 at 11:02
Some other enhancements: plain URLs are rendered clickable on these sites, and inter-word emphasis like hello_my_world is not enabled. –  Arjan Jan 22 '12 at 11:12
@Arjan HTML can be used for that purpose hello<em>my</em>world (not in comment mode though: hello<em>my</em>world). –  Rob W Jan 22 '12 at 11:13

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