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Consider a post like this:

It's called a [Horizontal Rule][1]...

  [1]: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/HTML/Element/hr

If I wanted to italicise the H and R, I'd change that to:

It's called a [*H*orizontal *R*ule][1]...

But the link displays like this:

It's called a Horizontal Rule...


Doubling the *'s should make it bold, like this:

It's called a [**H**orizontal **R**ule][1]...

But instead, it finally makes it italics, and keeps the bold's *'s:

It's called a Horizontal Rule...


Figuring bold would just need an extra set of *'s, I tried:

It's called a [***H***orizontal ***R***ule][1]...

This time, it bolds, but with extra *'s displaying in the output:

It's called a ***H***orizontal ***R***ule...


Finally, we can get bold and italic:

It's called a [****H****orizontal ****R****ule][1]...

But this time the extra *'s go even stranger:

It's called a ****H****orizontal ****R****ule...


I guess this must be a bug...

1 Did you like my ironic use of <hr>'s?

marked as duplicate by animuson, hims056, Lance Roberts, Toon Krijthe, Martijn Pieters Mar 20 '13 at 7:42

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    <b>H</b>orizontal <b>R</b>ule works (at least in answers and questions, not sure about comments). – Daniel Fischer Mar 20 '13 at 1:13
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    It's called a <b>H</b>orizontal <i>R</i>ule. @DanielFischer It doesn't. :) – hjpotter92 Mar 20 '13 at 1:38
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    Here's the feature request to fix this (please vote to reopen if you can). – Lance Roberts Mar 20 '13 at 2:13
  • I just noticed this happens within code chunks as well: *italics*. Except it doesn't work no matter how many asterisks you put in there... – tmwoods Mar 20 '13 at 3:15

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