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I have noticed a behaviour that may or may not be a Markdown bug. It is a discrepancy between the preview and the rendered result, which is why I would need to post a question to check it out.

Is there an official place to do that?

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up vote 19 down vote accepted

Formatting Sandbox

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Warning, do not enter this question using Opera. – Gnoupi Apr 26 '10 at 13:57
@Gnoupi: Why not? – nyuszika7h Feb 1 '11 at 15:40
@Nyus - because at the time when I wrote this comment, one message on it was making it crash. – Gnoupi Feb 2 '11 at 15:31
I believe it's also dangerous for mobile users due to an experiment with nested block quotes – Richard Tingle Dec 11 '13 at 14:06
Apart from being link-only answer, it doesn't answer the question, which is where to post test questions. Your answer suggest posting an answer, which is not the same as posting the question. – Danubian Sailor Aug 14 '14 at 10:19
You cannot post test questions in the formatting sandbox. That was the question, and this answer doesn't properly answer it. – Frank Jan 31 '15 at 22:40
@Frank see my answer. There's now an area51 proposal :) – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ May 27 '15 at 15:09
@DanubianSailor see my answer there's now an area51 proposal :) – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ May 27 '15 at 15:10

The formatting sandbox does not really fit as it can only accept answers, not questions.

So, such thing as "questions sandbox" is not really possible since what you really ask for is a sandbox site, which does not exist.

If you really must test posting a question just do it, make sure to make it clear it's just a test (do NOT post stuff like "sjksjdidjs") and delete it asap right after posting it to minimize the noise.

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I was unable to make my own answer sandbox under Formatting Sandbox, since I see no answer button:

No "Answer This Question" button due to too low earned reputation points on this site

Found out that the reason was that my 100 reputation points given for association does not count for getting access to answering the protected Formatting Sandbox, so even through my account said 101 reputation points, and I have > 1 K reputation points on Stack Overflow, I was unable to make a sandbox through my own answer to Formatting Sandbox.

After posting this answer I got enough upvotes (thanks :-) so the "Answer This Question" button now appears:

With "Answer This Question" after earning 10 reputation points on this site

So the method suggested below is not recommended, since it is hijacking a random question for this purpose, which was also pointed out is not the right way to do it.

Originally I created an answer here, and then deleted it right after. Even through it is deleted I am still able to edit and then see the formatting. So this "sandbox" doesn't even annoy other with my jottings.

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Why you were "unable to make your own answer" on the official sandbox? What error you got? It's not good to just hijack random questions even if you delete your answer right away. – Shadow Wizard Dec 11 '13 at 12:35
I can't find any box or button for adding an answer that I can use as my own sandbox, even through I have 101 reputation points. Is the official "Formatting Sandbox" locked/protected in some what the inhibit me from adding another answer ? Or how do I get my own sandbox there ? I see you point about hijacking a random question, so I will delete or edit my suggestion when this comment thread is done. – Morten Zilmer Dec 11 '13 at 12:46
Here you go - it's right there. It's just asking you to confirm since the question has more than 30 answers, just click OK and you'll be able to post answer. – Shadow Wizard Dec 11 '13 at 12:50
I don't find the "Answer This Question" button, as you can see in the figure I have added to the answer above. – Morten Zilmer Dec 11 '13 at 13:04
The association bonus doesn't count towards the rep requirement to answer a protected question. source – Stijn Dec 11 '13 at 13:07
@Stijn: OK, that explains it! Makes it harder to do the math when there are reputation points and reputation points... I didn't know the difference ;-) Btw. Should I delete this answer, not avoid misleading others ? – Morten Zilmer Dec 11 '13 at 13:11
+1 for revealing a limitation of the system. Do you have rep now to post there? IMO, you should leave this Answer, maybe someone also ends up here with the same problem, just like you. – brasofilo Dec 11 '13 at 13:31
@ShaWizDowArd Your profile seems to be broken Calls to all fail. I don´t want to open a post here on meta for that case. – Jehof Dec 12 '13 at 7:58
@Jehof yeah, is the crappiest host I've ever seen guess I'll wait until I find something else. Thanks for the heads up! – Shadow Wizard Dec 12 '13 at 8:27

There is now an Area51 proposal: Sandbox.

It is there to hopefully (if it gets there) let users post test questions and answers whilst trying out features/reproducing bugs/testing the API/anything else you can think of.

Stack Exchange Q&A site proposal: Sandbox

Please follow it and add any example 'questions' so we can get to the commitment phase! :)

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Why not try it on your question and then change it back when you are done? Can you not edit your own question?

If it works, maybe you could describe it and change this to a bug.

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Cheers, that's the way I would have done it, but it turned out not to be a bug. – Pëkka Feb 11 '10 at 18:26
-1 Too many edits force posts into community wiki mode. – nyuszika7h Feb 1 '11 at 15:40
@nyuszika7h not anymore, it's now safe to edit as much as we want without risking of CW. – Shadow Wizard Dec 8 '14 at 20:10

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