I am aware that comments have only a simple field, with no formatting possible and that is fine (if formatting is needed, your comment should actually be an answer!)
But I find some comments hard to read because they are mainly one giant line (of up to 600 characters!).
Any newlines entered during the redaction of the message is stripped from the published comment.
Would it be possible to preserve those newlines?
(but may be deleting empty lines, to prevent abuses like a comment taking 600 lines because a prankster could find amusing to post a 600 newlines comment!)
what we need (and can actually preview while typing a comment, making it more readable, both for the writer -- and the reader, should newlines being kept):
declined for newlines (why? no reason given at this time.)
what we don't need but is "nice to have" (even though we cannot preview those):
granted for bold and italic text.
what we really don't need (and cannot not preview):
__code sample__!? Code sample? Seriously? In a comment?
What was an incentive to post a new answer (because of the lack of formatting) is now further diminished.
But the comments remain published as one long-hard-to-read-gigantic line.
code __sample__now work.
code-vieware great in the comments! --- I support VonC's suggestion about decreasing the size of comments from 600 characters, for instance, to 400. --- We need statistical data to see which is the distribution of comment lengths to decide which length SO-family should use.
printf("something")" (espicially now
_are used for formatting)
~/.inputrcfile, to create some behaviour they desired, and it was convoluted trying to explain that I had substituted some other character in my code sample because I couldn't show in my comment where they needed a newline