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In the Markdown help page, the Code and Preformatted Text example is:

printf("goodbye world!");  /* his suicide note
                              was in C */

It also happens to be the first example of the page, and probably where a new visitor's eye will go first. I get and appreciate the joke, however I'd prefer a bit more tasteful example, even if it's as boring and predictable as "hello world!".

Actually, screw that - boring and predictable is for pages you don't want folks to read. Let's have a bit of a contest.


  1. Best example by total score wins.
  2. One example per answer, one answer per person.
  3. Two lines per answer, ideally demonstrating whitespace preservation.
  4. Must be recognizable as code.
  5. Must be as inoffensive as possible. Examples likely to encourage readers to commit to source control and then off themselves will be disqualified. Yes, this implicitly disallows any mention of Visual Source Safe.
  6. Winner will be awarded a heaping helping of worthless Meta rep, the envy of his peers, and temporary immortality.

Thanks everyone - look forward to a revised help page shortly. –Shog9


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That's a bit flat. – random Aug 3 '12 at 1:35
I don't get it. It's not April the 1st, and your asking a list of things question? – Benjol Aug 3 '12 at 6:56
@Benjol Check the revision history, and blame Shog for everything ;) – Yannis Aug 3 '12 at 8:39
" ... and thanks for all the fish" ? – Remou Aug 3 '12 at 14:23
I first read "temporary immorality". Your pun is better. – Gert Arnold Aug 3 '12 at 18:20
Can number 3 be changed to "exactly two lines, demonstrating whitespace preservation"? That's an extremely important part of this formatting sample, and most of the examples below are one-liners. – Josh Caswell Aug 7 '12 at 22:01
Ugh, I hate it when the rules of a contest change mid-way through, @Josh. So now's my chance for revenge. Changed! – Shog9 Aug 10 '12 at 21:59
I'm quite sure we can get something nice from here. – Matteo Italia Aug 10 '12 at 22:55
Should we not fix the example under Code Spans as well "Press the `<Tab>` key, then type a `$`." since we should encourage using the <kbd>tab</kdb> markdown? – Joe Aug 11 '12 at 0:13
Jeez guys, he's upset because he never learned to use puts() properly and was forever plagued by having to put \n at the end of every line. Have a heart. – bobobobo Aug 11 '12 at 0:41
45 answers, and I got notified for each one... Frak! – Yannis Aug 11 '12 at 1:59
@DavidHyogo This is CW, votes neither earn or cost reputation (not to mention that Meta reputation is pointless). – Yannis Aug 11 '12 at 2:08
@DavidHyogo CW stands for Community Wiki. There are a couple of answers I feel are particularly tacky, and I don't feel there's anything wrong in down voting them, there is such a thing as a bad joke. Also worth noting that both the -7 and the -8 answers were posted by people who are very familiar with Stack Exchange, and (probably) couldn't care less about the down votes. – Yannis Aug 11 '12 at 2:44
Yannis, thank you for suggesting the change. I wish I could award a bounty to this question. (Perhaps those who know me personally will understand why this pleases me so.) – BoltClock's a Unicorn Aug 11 '12 at 3:38
@BoltClock'saUnicorn You're welcome. It kinda made me mad (for a few seconds) when this was turned into a fun poll. The suicide reference was pointed out to me by a friend I recently introduced to the network, and she gave me a very stern look when she first noticed (and hasn't contributed anything to the network yet, but that's probably because she knows all too well how crazy the moderators are). It's tactless, and can be a hurtful reminder to some of us, the sooner we get rid of it the better. – Yannis Aug 11 '12 at 3:46

63 Answers 63

puts("Press any key to continue...");
while(Key == AnyKey)
    Misery++; //No escape from misery..
Worse tone than the suicide note. – Robert Harvey Aug 11 '12 at 19:50

What about...

<html><body><a href="">Stack Overflow</a></body></html>

Going for more generic / less niche than C.

How is C niche? – Tibor Aug 11 '12 at 14:58
This is really boring. You also misspelled "Stack Overflow". – Ryan O'Hara Aug 11 '12 at 20:36
@Tibor, C isn't niche, but HTML is waaaaaay more generic than C, right? I know people how can even cout but can't printf, and HTML is known even to my 14 yo system-in-law. – Bruno Brant Aug 13 '12 at 17:30

I'll go with this:

printf("MPAA can see this 09F911029D74E35BD84156C5635688C0");  /* However, the
     Compiler can't see this */

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