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Comments have a very restricted markup ability. Currently supported text markups available are

  • Italic text
  • Bold text
  • code

One of the very common things people do in comments that is not supported is quoting other people's text. It is very natural to highlight what someone else has said to add more context to your comment.

The problem is that you cannot specify text is a quote via markup. Commonly people will use one of the previously mentioned methods to highlight text as being a quote. I find myself using the code markup to distinguish quotes from italic and bold text. And, frankly, it's weird.

Can we have an addition to the currently supported set of comment markup for quotes?

Perhaps mimicking the style of quote text in posts for each site?

Here's a mockup:

Mockup for the ... for Tim Stone

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Yeah... big, full-featured comments with a more... link would be nice too. –  U2744 SNOWFLAKE Jan 23 '12 at 16:24
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@minitech: Seems like it would hide important information, thus going against the mantra "comments are not where important stuff goes." –  Won't Jan 23 '12 at 16:26
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"comments that is not supported is quoting other people's text" - LIES! But I might be swayed by a free-hand drawing of what this would look like, given the space constraints... –  Tim Stone Jan 23 '12 at 16:29
    
@TimStone: Its hard to freehand circle a background color change, but I did add a mockup for you. –  Won't Jan 23 '12 at 16:40
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"One of the very common things people do in comments that is not supported is quoting other people's text." What's wrong with... dah, dah, DAAAH, ...quotation marks? ;) –  Grant Thomas Jan 23 '12 at 17:13
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Nice, but then: would there be any standard Markdown element available, and could that then also be used for inline quotations in regular posts? Too bad Markdown does not specify <q>. (Note that using <cite> would be wrong.) –  Arjan Jan 23 '12 at 17:16
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BACKTICKS FOR QUOTES IN COMMENTS –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Jan 23 '12 at 17:16
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@BoltClock'saUnicorn: That's for code. Its weird to be using code markup for quotes. –  Won't Jan 23 '12 at 17:45
    
@BoltClock'saUnicorn and it might confuse those that are trying to quickly find code--bots like ohloh, as well as human readers on copy-paste autopilot. –  hobs Jul 1 at 17:05

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