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Is there a way to strike out text in comments attached original question on stackoverflow?

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n̶o̶ ---------- – Pëkka Jun 8 '12 at 23:53
w̶e̶l̶l̶ ̶y̶e̶s̶,̶ ̶b̶u̶t̶ ̶A̶F̶A̶I̶K̶ ̶o̶n̶l̶y̶ ̶w̶i̶t̶h̶ ̶a̶ ̶U̶n̶i̶c̶o̶d̶e̶ ̶t̶o̶o̶l̶ ̶l̶i̶k̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶o̶n̶e̶ – Pëkka Jun 8 '12 at 23:54
<strike>hmmm</strike> S̶t̶a̶c̶k̶O̶v̶e̶r̶f̶l̶o̶w̶ ̶E̶d̶i̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶H̶e̶l̶p̶. Surprisingly, the SO editing guide doesn't say how to use strikeout in comments :( But @Pekka's tool works. – jmort253 Jun 9 '12 at 1:52
@Pekka - You could add that as an answer ;) The only requirement is that the entire answer must use strikeout markup. – jmort253 Jun 9 '12 at 1:55
For the love of g-d, why? – Robert Harvey Jun 9 '12 at 2:20
And it doesn't work on at least some mobile browsers by default (Android, cell). – Dave Newton Jun 9 '12 at 3:03
@RobertHarvey encase I want to change something I previously stated that had been replied to. – Celeritas Jun 11 '12 at 18:04
@Celeritas: Deleting the comment works quite well in those cases. The only thing more useless than a useless comment is a useless, struck-out comment. – Robert Harvey Jun 11 '12 at 18:20
@RobertHarvey but then it's confusing when reading a response to a message that has been delete (or modified). – Celeritas Jun 11 '12 at 18:25
@Celeritas Flag the responding comment as obsolete. – Robert Harvey Jun 11 '12 at 18:26
@RobertHarvey so use the flag tool and say "obsolete" and the moderator will remove it? Out of curiosity does the moderator read all comments because this seems like it can easily be abused? – Celeritas Jun 11 '12 at 18:31
up vote 4 down vote accepted

In short, no. As Pekka pointed out, you can use unicode struck-out letters to give the appearance of a <s> tag, but you can't use a proper strikeout. The SO Editing help that jmort253 linked in the comments explicitly enumerates all the markdown you can use:

_italic_ and **bold** text,
inline `code in backticks`,
and [basic links](

plus a number of shorthand links.

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