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I've been using <s> to put strikeout in posts -- is there a markdown way of doing it?

Seems like -[Text here] would make sense hehe :)

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Yes.         No.         Maybe so.

This means that comments may not include strikeouts.

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So in other words, the answer is no, there is no markdown way of expressing it. :*( – Billy ONeal Sep 7 '10 at 19:26
I <s>love</s> hate StackExchange comments :P (And their lack of ability for me to use strikeout) – Billy ONeal Sep 7 '10 at 19:30
@svnpenn - "Happiness and the absurd are two sons of the same earth. They are inseparable." Albert Camus – Peter Ajtai Jun 14 '12 at 17:00
Where in this answer you wrote how to type a strikeout?????!?!!!??!?!?! – Ahmad Jun 22 '15 at 8:59
@Ahmad The answer allows you to use html tags like <s> (which stands for strike-through). But they don't work in comments. – Prahlad Yeri Nov 13 '15 at 19:14
@Ahmad, you can always click the "edit" button (or the "improve this question/answer" button, even if you're not logged in) to see how a post's formatting was typed in. – Wildcard Jan 25 at 12:33
Not everybody knows about the tiny edit button. People might not have enough reputation to edit it also. I have edited the answer to show <s> tags – nacho4d May 11 at 15:15

<del> also works. As you can see here. It might be more semantically correct, especially if you include the "datetime" attribute.

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It might be more semantically correct. I often use strikeout to denote done items, so in that case the semantic is different than "deleted". But you are right, in some case <del> is semantically more accurate. – Alessandro Vernet Jul 16 '12 at 16:56
Came here through a google search, <del> sounds nice, esp. with a datetime attribute, but it also removed code formatting whereas <s> did not. – notacouch Nov 13 '13 at 22:51
Except <del> isn't Markdown; it would be HTML, if I'm not mistaken. – SarahofGaia Sep 17 '15 at 22:58
@Sarah: Of course it's HTML. The answer to "Does markdown have a way to express strikeout?" is "No, but you can use some HTML to accomplish the same thing on Stack Exchange sites. Here's how..." – Al E. Sep 17 '15 at 23:00
@AlE.: Okay, sorry about that. My mistake. I thought the question had to do with Markdown, specifically, not just Markdown on Stack Exchange. Because some sites and Markdown editors do not support HTML, just Markdown. So I was just stating. Thanks for clarifying on that. :) – SarahofGaia Sep 18 '15 at 18:43
@Sarah: A question about Markdown in general would be off-topic here. This site is for questions about the workings of the Stack Exchange network and the software that empowers it, thus by definition the question would have to be about the Stack Exchange flavor of Markdown. – Al E. Sep 19 '15 at 0:08
True. I forgot about that. – SarahofGaia Sep 21 '15 at 16:25

It's rather inconsistent. In regular questions/answers, you can use <s>HTML tags</s> to get strikethrough text like this:

<s>like this</s>

In chat, you can surround text with --- to get strikethrough, but this doesn't work in regular questions/answers:

---strikethrough text---
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And it looks like <s>neither method</s> works in comments to ---achieve--- strikethrough. – Jez Jul 12 '13 at 9:08
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@Noctis y̶o̶u̶ ̶c̶h̶e̶a̶t̶e̶d̶!̶ +1 for lateral thinking, UTF8 the force Luke 😉 – earcam Sep 3 '15 at 19:46
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It may be OT, but since I came to this question while looking for a contestualized solution on bitbucket, I'd like to add the double tilde too, the only which worked in real Markdown.


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since you mention Bitbucket I thought I'd add I just found you can use hypens around a phrase in Jira to get strikethrough, eg -deleted- – Anentropic Jul 2 '15 at 15:55

Though a strike-through syntax wasn't available in the original markdown, as of today (2015), many implementations have unofficially settled on the ~(tilde) character which is supported on Reddit and as someone here mentioned, on Bitbucket too. Let's hope StackOverflow also adds this syntax to it's markdown soon!

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It's unlikely, since ~ is not used for strike-through in the current CommonMark spec, which SE will be moving to once it stabilizes a bit more. – Nathan Tuggy Nov 13 '15 at 23:16
(Skype has also introduced ~ for formatting strikethrough.) – accolade Dec 17 '15 at 16:03

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