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How about newlines within comments?
Comment formatting

I'm often find that the comment box doesn't do all of the things that I want it to do (like newlines for example).

In this question, for example, I found myself posting debug instructions, that just wouldn't format very well had I posted them as a comment.

Now, these debug instructions are not the answer, nor are they part of the answer, but they're for information gathering.

Content-wise they probably are better suited to be a comment, but had I posted it in a comment, it would be hard to read and might be more likely to be ignored.

I think it might be useful if you could post richer content in comments, especially newlines.

That way, you can write those kind of comments so that they can be more readable.

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    Embedded links? You can already post links in comments... what more do you need in that area?
    – animuson StaffMod
    Nov 29, 2012 at 18:57
  • Oops, my bad. I guess you could use a 3rd party service like pastebin and link to that, since your content isn't part of the answer and is only an intermediate step in getting there.
    – user200500
    Nov 29, 2012 at 19:01
  • @animuson Last time I tried to post a link in a comment, [It didn't work the same way as it did in answers at the very least][1] [1]: www.google.com Nov 29, 2012 at 19:02
  • @SamIam: So use the alternate way of [description of link] in brackets and (the link) in parentheses. Why do you need to define the link at the end?
    – animuson StaffMod
    Nov 29, 2012 at 19:03
  • Use [this format](www.example.com) to insert links into comments as explained here
    – Bart
    Nov 29, 2012 at 19:03
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    Click the "help" link below the "Add Comment" button to see formatting rules.
    – user138231
    Nov 29, 2012 at 19:04
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    Oh, I disagree your request. If you would ever need to expand your comment over paragraphs, then the question is most likely just not a real question. Vote for close and don't bother.
    – user138231
    Nov 29, 2012 at 19:05
  • I saw one of the older questions, which is somewhat unique in the sense that the higher voted posts were pro-newlines. What Changed SO? You use to be so reasonable Nov 29, 2012 at 20:13
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    Site that support MathJax have a hack that installs vertical whitespace in comments, so we have some experience with this. It's ugly and distracting. Comments shouldn't stand out. Nov 29, 2012 at 20:25

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When you're writing a comment, you have to stop and consider the scope of what comments actually are. They are pretty temporal and only serve the purpose of gathering clarification of a question, pseudo-answering a question, and facilitating light conversation as evident in this very thread.

If you're going outside of this scope, think if it would be better as an answer or better taken to chat. Comments aren't meant to be as full-featured as questions. Your particular use case may fall better under a chat room.

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