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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 at 8:59

<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

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
U̶s̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶c̶e̶ ̶L̶u̶k̶e̶ ̶:̶)̶ –  Noctis May 15 '14 at 23:47

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 at 15:55

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