Every once in a while, I need to put a bit of code in one of my comments, and to do so, I have to pretend that I'm going to write an answer just to copy the backtick to paste it into my comment (I'm on a Mac and thats the simplest way of doing it).

I was thinking that it would be very helpful to have some form of formatting bar for comments. It would have the Code, Bold, and Italic buttons, but would not have the more advanced features that the answer and question formatting bars have. It would take up very little space, only appear when you are typing, and would make it a little easier for users (especially newbies) to use these formatting tools in comments.

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    I think that just allowing [code]Code Here[/code] in comments will be enough, this will be alternative to backtick. – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Apr 24 '13 at 7:38
  • I'd say it has little to do with Mac, and more to do with keyboard layout. What's yours? (Though I agree with ShaWiz about adding a possible alternative.) – J. Steen Apr 24 '13 at 7:44
  • Things like this already work. For comments the basics should be enough. – Aphelion Apr 24 '13 at 9:04
  • @Sha Wiz Dow Ard: That would be a better solution, but I still think a button would be more convenient. – WolfLink Apr 25 '13 at 2:43
  • @J. Steen, after reading your comment I realized its that thing below the tilde XD. – WolfLink Apr 25 '13 at 2:45
  • @Aphelion I am talking about a button that would make it easier. – WolfLink Apr 25 '13 at 2:46
  • @Everyone I still think that having a button to click would be more convenient than typing something – WolfLink Apr 25 '13 at 2:46
  • @WolfLink For me, it's the key above the one that has tilde. Generally, programming languages and markup languages have been created with the ease of typing on US keyboard layouts in mind. =) – J. Steen Apr 25 '13 at 5:46
  • The thing is I don't think the team will replace the simple textarea with an editor any time soon, if at all. Comments are just not important enough, so I try to think of more "gentle" changes that might pass through. :) – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Apr 25 '13 at 6:32

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