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For some reason I'm baffled by, there's a specific whitelist of characters that can touch the special markdown characters (e.g. *) in comments without breaking them. Can dashes/hyphens be added to this list?

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Oh-so-bizarre. – Nick T Jun 26 '11 at 4:58
You only find the existence of that list bizarre until people come complaining that "I think a*b is 42" doesn't come out quite as expected :) – balpha Jun 26 '11 at 8:06
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This will be the case after the next build of the sites and of the chat, respectively.

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