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I would like to see changes in the comment section. Presently, we cannot start a new line. Everything gets posted in one line. Even the code looks horrible.

Also, to color the code in comments.

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i second this (not able to 'up' this answer yet) –  Michael Trouw Mar 16 '13 at 22:01

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There is limited Markdown allowed in the comments.

You can create bold using the **[text]**

You can create italic using the *[text]*

You can do inline code using the backticks "`" on either side of the text.

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What about NewLine ? –  Ibn Saeed Jul 11 '09 at 15:18
    
There is no ability to post new lines in a comment. I would suspect that this is because it is a general idea to keep comments short, and not to post entire essays which would require line breaks in between. At times I would like to have a line break, but in the grand scheme of things I don't think it is anything to worry over. –  TheTXI Jul 11 '09 at 15:25
    
testing, bold italic var x = 123; \\code –  o.k.w Oct 22 '09 at 8:52
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how do I mark inline code? what's the syntax? –  Naeem Sarfraz Feb 3 '10 at 15:17
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I also would like newlines in comments. Sometimes you post code snippets and they need newlines. I can't see any valid reason to not have them. If it makes someone's comments take up more space on the page, so what? Just scroll down! –  Max Williams Mar 30 '11 at 14:41
    
@Naeem surround your code snippet with backticks ` –  Belinda May 3 '11 at 8:46
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Just b'cos some moderators think so...Its too restrictive! Rules are Good if you can explain its purpose Satisfactorily. –  Jibin May 30 '11 at 9:20
    
Test comment: [bold] [italic] foo bar(){ print "working; } –  gsingh2011 Oct 1 '11 at 19:21
    
How do you post inline code that contains an actual backtick character? I tried using double backticks and it just shows two backticks... –  Code Commander May 30 '12 at 3:42
    
just add two spaces at the end of a line for newline. –  AnojiRox Aug 31 '12 at 18:51
    
this is a test..this is a test –  Kieran Mar 21 '13 at 18:50
    
this is a test .. this is a test –  Kieran Mar 21 '13 at 18:50
    
this is a test. this is a test –  Kieran Mar 21 '13 at 18:51
    
this is a test This is a test –  Kieran Mar 21 '13 at 18:54
    
this is a test. this is –  Kieran Mar 21 '13 at 18:54

please.. allow carriage returns in comments.. many times the answer is a piece of code.. the backtick is OK but spaces are merged and carriage returns are stripped.

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if it is an answer it should be posted as an answer. –  Jeff Atwood Dec 30 '09 at 10:50
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Jeff, what if you are critiquing an answer? see my comment on an answer in this question for a legitimate use of code in comments: stackoverflow.com/questions/3114252/… –  andrewrk Jun 24 '10 at 22:23
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I agree with @Zibri and @superjoe30, there is no effective way to critique an answer given the existing limitations on comments. –  rkagerer Mar 30 '11 at 13:20
    
Yeah Sure .Its a necessity.Give the user the freedom, with only essential moderation.OSS Live Long !!! –  Jibin May 30 '11 at 9:07
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A lot of people asking for Line breaks.. –  Revious Feb 25 at 11:39
    
Please, add line breaks. I've had to resort to multiple comments as a kludge to make the comment readable. –  jetset May 22 at 2:24

I'd like to see the [Foobar](http://www.example.com) URL markdown in comments.

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I'm for this too –  Naeem Sarfraz Feb 3 '10 at 15:15
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FWIW, this is now allowed -- I've used it a number of times. –  martineau Nov 24 '10 at 0:26

What about links that provide readable text instead of a long URL? Markdown has support for this.

See what I just did there? Now can we do that in comments?

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Instead we get something like: Markdown has support for this –  Doug Harris Aug 7 '09 at 13:56
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this looks kind of silly now that these links are supported in comments ;-) –  SamB Apr 19 '11 at 22:00

The original request has 'status-declined' but was asking for coloring and such. That might be overkill, but line breaks really should be supported.

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What would you include in comments that would need line breaks? (Bearing in mind if you're posting complex code, a comment probably shouldn't be where you put it.) –  doppelgreener May 22 at 4:12
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@JonathanHobbs, explanatory material may need line breaks. Most recent example, I was trying to show a few output lines to illustrate why an answer was correct or incorrect. The entire comment would have been brief, but without line breaks was too hard to read. –  jetset May 22 at 4:48

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