I found many questions similar to chat formatting issues but unfortunately none of them addresses my issue related to chat formatting and I am making it clear that I am not talking about multiline messages.

So personally I observed it mostly for formatting of code and italics, they just don't work always. What I have seen is for italics: sometimes *text* don't work but _text_ work in a single line message and vice-versa and same for code formatting: backticks don't work but Ctrl+k works always. I discussed this issue in Chat feedback too, but unfortunately, no solution came up therefore here I am providing some chat links realted to these issues:-

For code formatting: 1 (line 2), 2 (line 4)

For italicised text 1 (line 2), 2 (line 3), 3 (line 3)

At first I thought, It is not formatting just for me but I had asked my fellow users in chat room, they have experienced it too.

PS: In no way I am saying that chat formatting just never works but It is also true that It don't work always (Only SE Devs can tell why)

  • I think that is status-bydesign
    – Nouman
    Commented Aug 16, 2019 at 7:56
  • @BlackThunder Here I am talking about single line messages only
    – daya
    Commented Aug 16, 2019 at 7:59
  • Talking about single lines, its status-norepro. Can you meet me in this sandbox? chat.stackoverflow.com/rooms/1/sandbox
    – Nouman
    Commented Aug 16, 2019 at 8:04
  • Your examples are all multi line messages. Commented Aug 16, 2019 at 8:44
  • @ShaWiz No, that's why I mentioned the line no. in each example
    – daya
    Commented Aug 16, 2019 at 9:10
  • I really don't understand. You know there are few lines. So that is multi line. So you simply don't understand the meaning of this term? Commented Aug 16, 2019 at 16:24
  • Yep, I misunderstood the term
    – daya
    Commented Aug 16, 2019 at 17:49

1 Answer 1


All of your examples contain newlines. This makes them multi-line messages. Chat does not currently support rendering markdown in multiline messages.

  • This chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/48268523#48268523 contains multiline too but it is formatted nicely. Why?
    – daya
    Commented Aug 16, 2019 at 14:45
  • That message contains no newlines; it wraps to multiple lines, but only by necessity - if you had a wide enough screen, it would show up on a single line.
    – Shog9
    Commented Aug 16, 2019 at 15:11
  • Oh God! I misunderstood what a "multiline" message means, you are right. Now I understand why my messages were not get formatted.
    – daya
    Commented Aug 16, 2019 at 15:24

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