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Chat doesn't pass escaped parentheses and brackets literally

If I type it in between these parentheses -> () the backward slash inside the parentheses is removed. As you see it is not there. However if I surround it with spaces ( \ ), then it is rendered correctly.

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If you think that's bad, try reproducing this comment: \​. –  SLaks Feb 20 '12 at 16:15
    
I meant a backslash in a code block (surrounded by `s). –  SLaks Feb 20 '12 at 16:20
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(I know that other post is about chat, but it's a general "things the backslash escapes in Markdown" problem) –  Tim Stone Feb 20 '12 at 16:30
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I've given up trying to reproduce the comment: `\` –  Matt Feb 20 '12 at 16:42
    
If you think that's bad, try reproducing this comment: \‍‍‍. –  Dennis Feb 20 '12 at 17:03
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If you think that's bad, try not asking questions about fight club at fight club. Ask them on meta fight club. –  Won't Feb 20 '12 at 18:53

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What happens is that the backslash is interpreted as an escape character for the ) parenthesis (as it's used in Markdown for things like links).

If you want to type a literal backslash without using backticks for code, double it instead.

(\\) → (\)

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