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Why can we format text with bold and italic but not underline?

A feature request:

I would like to have an "underline" button in the edit window. Because I am asked to explain why I want this feature: I think this can be handy to layout and structure your question in a better way.

If this leads to confusion with hyperlinks, a solution would be to colour and tooltip hyperlinks.

A simple color picker would be very nice, too, also for layout reasons.

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    A color picker? For what? Btw, you might want to clearly formulate this as a stand-alone feature request. Starting off with "and another feature request" indicates that this is some sort of run-on feature request? Include all necessary info here. I don't want to have to go through previous requests to get the background.
    – Bart
    Oct 22, 2012 at 10:06
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    Thanks for that minor edit, but still, could you clarify why you make these requests? What do you need this functionality for? How will it improve the site?
    – Bart
    Oct 22, 2012 at 10:14
  • I'm sorry, but "for layout reasons" does not do it for me. It seems to me you want to add a lot of unnecessary emphasis to certain parts of your questions/answers. And I'm not even thinking about the potential "abuse" of the use of coloring. I hate to see posts appear which look like a clown vomited over them. Even your current use of bold is not necessary in my opinion. But like I said, just my opinion.
    – Bart
    Oct 22, 2012 at 10:25
  • Thanks a lot for your comments, Bart. I think if you hate layout, colours etc., why don´t you ban bold and italic from the edit window too? I can assure you that this can lead to absolutely disgusting effects. But maybe, you have not the power to remove these features... ;) By the way, which reasons other than layout could there be here? Does every feature you´d like to see need to have some "functionality"? Oct 22, 2012 at 10:55
  • I do indeed think that the other formatting options are often abused as well. But not much I can do about those besides editing the content. And yes, every feature does need a purpose. It does need to somehow improve the site or solve a particular problem. If it doesn't, then why should the developers spend their precious time on it? Improved layout might be a reason, but then you have to demonstrate where we fall short at the moment, and how your new layout tools address that. This includes considering potential abuse of/problems with what you propose. Just saying "I want this" doesn't work.
    – Bart
    Oct 22, 2012 at 10:59
  • Yes, Bart, isn´t that the problem with freedom itself? It is so often abused... The more possibilities people get, the more they tend to misbehave. Perhaps I will put forward a feature request to ban bold and italic. It should be successful, shouldn´t it? These feature don´t solve any problems and can lead to badly designed questions. Oct 22, 2012 at 11:11
  • You can try. I don't give you a whole lot of chance of getting that through though.
    – Bart
    Oct 22, 2012 at 11:14

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Underline can get confused with a link - which are the only source of underlines on StackOverflow right now. This could make users think that your underlined portion of text were a link instead of emphasized - of which there is already bold, italics, caps, and code styling.


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