As I do not have enough reputation I can not edit questions and answers. However I sometime wish to view the Markdown so I can see how someone has done some formatting etc.

So there is a hard (hack) way of doing this, should there be a direct link. E.g. "view marked" link instead of an "edit link" when no edit rights?

  • Should have realised you only have a zero case of interest in answers.
    – random
    Commented Sep 11, 2009 at 10:41
  • random, most meta questions don't have ONE best answer unlike stackoverflow. Commented Sep 11, 2009 at 12:12
  • If TheTXI or Welbog post an answer in Meta, that's the best answer by default.
    – random
    Commented Sep 11, 2009 at 13:36

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Grab the post ID of the question in question. It's between the question and the SEO friendy part of the URL. Just grab the first set of numbers you see really. And then put it in the XXX of the sample URL below:


So for this, while you may not have yet edited it, you can still see the revisions list if you follow the above template. Then click the View source link of the relevant edit edition.

If you want to play around with how a post will look, spend some time in the sandbox.

  • Thanks for sharing the sandbox link; I hadn't seen that yet. Commented Sep 11, 2009 at 13:32
  • But you have a diamond next to your name. You all are suppose to see everything.
    – random
    Commented Sep 11, 2009 at 13:37
  • It would be practical to have a "view markdown" button. Commented Feb 1, 2017 at 16:07
  • This is as good a workaround there can be. But yes, a view markdown would be highly preferable.
    – pratnala
    Commented Jul 14, 2021 at 13:10

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