While commenting on a question, I entered a hyperlink within the comment text box and tried to make it bold using the syntax that I have always seen in the answer text box. One of the scenarios didn't work. Please find the details below.
Section #1: Entered the double asterisk around the link text in the comment text box.
Section #2: The asterisks rendered as part of the comments text without making the text bold.
Section #3: Entered the double asterisk around the link text as well as the URL in the comment text box.
Section #4: Surrounding both the link text and the url worked as I expected it to work.
Section #5: However, in the Answer text box both the above mentioned inputs work correctly.
Is this a bug or is it working by design?