If "<i>" is innocuous enough to be allowed in questions and answers, why can't we use it in comments too? Please don't make me memorize a bunch of dippy Markdown syntax just to add a little flavor to my comments.
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We do allow very limited markdown in comments now. Click the "help" link below the Add Comment button to get comment formatting help.
No HTML, just Markdown in comments, please!
I think the idea of a comment should be a quick text entry. If the comments start getting all jacked up with LI and IMG and all of the others, you lose all UI smoothness for the sake of better terms.
Overall, please no...
Personally, I'm just sick of having to remember to escape > and < in posts but not in comments.
Okay-- and I'd love to know how to escape asterisks because I've had to resort to using >smile< instead of my usual "asterisk" smile "asterisk"... >sigh<