Here is a screen shot from one of my recent posts. You can see inside the edit box after the or I've entered a "2." but in the preview display, and in the actual display on the page it turnend my 2 into a "1." Whats up with that? Is it thinking that I am starting two separate numbered lists or something since I put an or in the middle to break them up?


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The others answers have explained what's happening -- but to get what you want, do this:

1. some stuff

  **or** (indented)

2. some other stuff

That gives:

  1. some stuff

    or (indented)

  2. some other stuff

The bolding should hopefully serve the same purpose as outdenting.


This is a Markdown feature ("feature" -- personally I find it annoying). It's explained on the editing help page:

A numbered <ol> list:

1. Numbered lists are easy
2. Markdown keeps track of the numbers for you
7. So this will be item 3.


Yes, that's what happened. It seems that numbered lists are detected with a regular expression that takes any number as valid in that context, but then the numbers are replaced automatically. Observe that the reverse will also happen: when I write

// Put this inside a code block so that auto-formatting does not kick in
1. Item 1
1. Item 2

It comes out as:

  1. Item 1
  2. Item 2

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