Occasionally, when I find myself working on a particularly lengthy answer, I'll want to share my answer with a friend or college to ask questions or receive feedback before posting. My typical workaround is to post answers I want to share in the formatting sandbox if they aren't ready for submssion.

I don't enjoy this solution, as it feels like an unintended use of the sandbox. It bumps the formatting sandbox to Meta's front page, is only possible for users with 10+ rep, and crowds more answers onto a post that, according to Shog9, was already overflowing with 900+ answers before it was wiped clean and archived.

Is there a better way to share unfinished questions or answers before posting?

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    An off-site resource like pastebin or GH gist?
    – zondo
    Jun 16, 2017 at 1:22
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    @zondo To my surprise, it seems Gist renders SE's markdown with no issue! The only requirement is that you add .md when setting your gist's filename.
    – Stevoisiak
    Jun 16, 2017 at 1:27
  • Ah, yes. I forgot about formatting. Pastebin really isn't a good option for that.
    – zondo
    Jun 16, 2017 at 1:31

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Github gists support markdown (not SE's specific flavour, but close enough to be helpful). Note that you will need to indicate it is a markdown file by using the .md extension.

Very similar to Github gists, you could use a Gitlab snippet.

Not to be left out, Bitbucket also has snippets, but I can't verify that they support markdown since I've never used them.

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