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Inline Code Spans should not be used for emphasis, right?

I am only asking this question because I've seen this several times now, take the following edit for instance. It uses code formatting on several words to "enhance readability."

Am I missing something here or are edits like this completely invalid? Does the idea of enhancing readability with code formatting come from anywhere legitimate or is it an attempt to gain cheap rep?

  • Edit rejected.. – Martijn Pieters Jun 28 '12 at 1:44
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    These editors apprenticed under the same master. – Anthony Pegram Jun 28 '12 at 1:46
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    The unnecessary backticks thing seems to be some sort of cultural thing or something and I want to strangle everyone involved (in a non-murder-related way, of course) – Ben Brocka Jun 28 '12 at 1:47
  • @All: Ach, sorry, I did search and didn't see anything similar. Thanks random♦ – Andrew Whitaker Jun 28 '12 at 1:55

It depends on the case. In that particular example, some of those changes are not useful("close button").

It can be useful to make a distinction between the general concept and the specific code entity when they have the same name. Are you talking about a input in general as a concept, or the input object in some language. This distinction can make the post more readable.

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    Disagree on checkbox. If it said input I might agree, but checkbox isn't an HTML entity or JavaScript type. – Andrew Whitaker Jun 28 '12 at 1:45
  • Perhaps this isn't the best example then, but I hope that the point still makes sense. – Oleksi Jun 28 '12 at 1:47
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    The point does make sense +1, and it depends on the language. There may in fact be a checkbox object in some other UI language. With that said, you could edit this answer to use "input" if you really wanted to ;) – jmort253 Jun 28 '12 at 2:21

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