If I answer as an 'answer' I get the good-looking UI to help me do all the things I want, BUT if I am in comments I am helpless. Would it take much resources to have the same same UI to keep sanity in answers too ?

The other query is, is there a way to test the output/look as we do when framing a question? For people who are not so good at markdown will appreciate if this can be done.

Lastly I tried retext and saw the preview there of the comment till I was happy with. Copying and pasting it there makes it a jumble.

$ aptitude show retext
Package: retext                          
State: installed
Automatically installed: no
Version: 5.0.0-1
Priority: optional
Section: editors
Maintainer: Dmitry Shachnev <[email protected]>
Architecture: all
Uncompressed Size: 417 k
Depends: python3-markups, python3-pyqt5, python3-pyqt5.qtwebkit, python3:any (>= 3.3.2-2~)
Recommends: docutils-common (>= 0.10-3~), python3-enchant, python3-markdown | python3-docutils, shared-mime-info (>= 0.91)
Breaks: retext-wpgen (< 4.0~)
Replaces: retext-wpgen (< 4.0~)
Description: Simple text editor for Markdown and reStructuredText
 ReText is a simple editor for Markdown and reStructuredText markup languages. 

 ReText supports tabs, live text preview and syntax highlighting. Supported export formats: HTML, ODT, PDF. It is also possible to write custom
 export extensions. 

 It is written in Python using Qt libraries.
Homepage: http://retext.sourceforge.net/

Hoping people can help.

The comment in question for now is Does anybody know if any daemons or services started by default when TBB is installed in Debian? but there have been other comments where I had same issues.

  • 3
    Comments support a small subset of markdown (click the help link next to the comment edit box for details). We do not want to support the full markdown array for a feature we see as secondary to the purpose of the site.
    – Oded
    Sep 25, 2014 at 14:32
  • Related: How about newlines within comments? Sep 25, 2014 at 14:36
  • @FishBelowtheIce thank you, wanted to know the same and did try to search but failed. Thank you for sharing the originals and the related questions. It seems I have to live within these boundaries :(
    – shirish
    Sep 25, 2014 at 14:40

1 Answer 1


Comments are second-class citizens (its quoted from someone, can't remember who he was).

Comments are not designed to put large amounts of code - why do you need to put it in comment? If it is clarification to your question, edit the question instead. If it is an answer, write it as an answer.

5 mins of editing period is because comments don't support revision history - you can't know when it was changed and what was changed.

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