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It should be pretty straight forward to add the following code snippets to the allowed HTML subset, or some additional markup that would effectively do the same thing.

<script src="https://gist.github.com/839992.js?file=Switch.java"></script>

so that the above would display the nice formatted, line numbered, code folded display that GitHub provides inline as a code block.

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I think this would be great for a few more reasons: - people are already posting links to github (this would allow more control and would show when it is well used)- allow sourcing of the raw code directly (no more copy pasting) - when the code gets updated (for example to allow compatibility to upgrades) the question get updated automaticly - you could probably still have a line limit -the solution may spread through the net faster - you could maybe get github to have a specific stack overflow tag/gist type -... –  Etienne Low-Décarie May 9 '12 at 19:25
Not to mention how easy it would be to clone the code of the question, fiddle with it and push a fork to link to in the response. You could then even build upon other responders forks to improve existing answers. –  aioobe Apr 21 at 19:30

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This already happens in chat (paste it as a single link on a single message), but I don't think we need to support it here for two reasons

  1. The relevant bits of code should be in the post for context, otherwise the question / answer is incomplete.

  2. If you need to say "and there's 50kb more code to look at here", then a link suffices for that purpose.

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Couldn't line limits still be imposed to the gist script? How to deal with frequent required update of answers du to changes in related structure, data, script...? –  Etienne Low-Décarie May 9 '12 at 19:36

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