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I typed a numbered list which generated them in numerical order. Now I want to displace the second point. I must now edit the numbers from the second onwards; change 2 to 3 and 3 to 4 and so on.

 1. fields submitted the wrong way (URL parameters vs body) or missing
 2. some characters like `?, /` break stuff in URL parameters
 3. some ...

Can we change the (default) number-list format to this format:

 # fields submitted the wrong way (URL parameters vs body) or missing
 # some characters like `?, /` break stuff in URL parameters
 # some ...

And the StackOverflow text preprocessor will figure out the point numbers automatically, so the user dont have to edit the numbers himself. This will be more friendly to users making/ editing numbered lists.

We can also move bullets to * character (I know its a potential conflict) and implement nesting:

Nested ordered lists:

#point 1
##point 1.1 
##point 1.2
#point 2
##point 2.1

Nesting ordered list into bullet lists:

*point 1
# subpoint of point 1
#subpoint of point 1
*point 2
#subpoint of point 1
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Nested lists already exist (indent the next level with four spaces)

 - A
     - B
     - C
         - D
         - E
     - F
     - G
 - H
 - I


  • A
    • B
    • C
      • D
      • E
    • F
    • G
  • H
  • I
1. A
    1. B
    1. C
        1. D
        1. E
    1. F
1. G
1. H
1. I


  1. A
    1. B
    2. C
      1. D
      2. E
    3. F
  2. G
  3. H
  4. I

When in doubt, mash the spacebar

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+1 my favorite solution! –  Time Traveling Bobby Jul 4 '12 at 11:28
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To answer your first question, the numbers used for numbered lists don't matter. This

1. One
1. Two
1. Three
1. Four
1. Five


  1. One
  2. Two
  3. Three
  4. Four
  5. Five

Don't believe me? Read the source for this post: http://meta.stackoverflow.com/revisions/06511612-1c2a-4d21-a5fe-6edaec15770d/view-source

Using # would conflict with headers. Also, one of the main benefit of Markdown is to be extremely readable and intuitive. Having # turn into numbers is in my opinion far less intuitive than creating lists from, uh, numbers.

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