The similar case was discussed here: inconsistency rendering ** in markdown.
Though quick help on formatting proposes to use
**bold**, in fact you can use
__bold__ with the same effect. But when double asterisk is used inside the word, one pair of asterisks (or underscores) is not converted to formatting, but is kept as is: it_a_lic, italic, b__ol__d, bold.
If I understand correctly the double-asterisk bold highlighting doesn't work inside words to make simpler programming_style_underscore_usage.
Actually my question is because of my post on RussianSE, where I tried to indicate difference in stress between two words:
but after posting I've got:
So, I have two questions here:
- On programming-related sites - why underscore-protection should influence asterisks as well?
- Can this feature be disabled on non-programming-related sites?