The biggest problem on the mobile site (not app) for any Stack Exchange website is there are no formatting tools at all. This makes asking and answering far more difficult since I have to use the 'full site' option, which is very inconvenient on a 5.2" screen. I am hoping a developer reads this message and adds formatting for mobile-reliant users like me.

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    You'd do well to spend a few minutes and learn the Markdown syntax. – ale Oct 28 '16 at 18:21
  • What is markdown syntax? – The Mystery Oct 28 '16 at 18:24
  • meta.stackexchange.com/editing-help – ale Oct 28 '16 at 18:25
  • Should that even be a thing. Why not redesign it so both a re equal? – The Mystery Oct 28 '16 at 18:42
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    If you use the little editor formatting tools, all it does is add the Markdown syntax for you. – ale Oct 28 '16 at 18:53
  • There is no such thing – The Mystery Oct 28 '16 at 19:03

I usually don't need or use the formatting buttons, except in cases such as putting a huge amount of text into a code block.

Psst! It's a secret! They're basically just shortcuts!

The B and I buttons just put one or two asterisks around the selected text, which the server parses into bold and italic. *One star* makes italic, and **two stars** makes bold. `backticks` can create code spans as well. You don't even need these either, because the HTML <strong>, <em>, and <code> tags are whitelisted and can be used instead.

In fact, there's also a whole bunch of things that you can't do with the formatting buttons, such as , <kbd>, and HTML entities.

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