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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
how do I mark inline code? what's the syntax? – Naeem Sarfraz Feb 3 '10 at 15:17
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
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
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
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
A lot of people asking for Line breaks.. – Revious Feb 25 '14 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 '14 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
FWIW, this is now allowed -- I've used it a number of times. – martineau Nov 24 '10 at 0:26
This already exists -< that was an example – JonasCz Apr 24 at 19:56

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
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 '14 at 4:12
@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 '14 at 4:48

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