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Often when providing code snippets in answers, you want to mark some parts of the code as placeholder metavariables; this is commonly rendered in italics. For instance, in my answer to this question on SO I'd like that function-name in the code be a metavariable. Is there any way to do this? If not, please convert this to a feature request.

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There isn't. Converted. – Manishearth Dec 25 '12 at 9:11
Note that this is not likely to happen - markdown is a specification and SO implements it in the editor (with some small extensions). This is not a small extension. – Oded Dec 25 '12 at 10:03

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