The edit option is useful not only to edit, but also (and more importantly to me) to know/copy-paste the code that the user has typed in to obtain the given display.

Yet when I try to use this on meta, I run into

Suggested edits are not allowed on non-tag-wiki posts on meta sites.

This is particularly annoying when you're looking up a question about formatting and the answer doesn't include the raw code.

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    One can do inspect element too, for the harder way.
    – anki
    Sep 26, 2019 at 7:19

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There is a workaround for this:

  1. Go to the revision list (by clicking the 'edited [timestamp]' link underneath the post if it's there, or by manually entering the URL to /posts/[post id]/revisions, e.g.: https://math.meta.stackexchange.com/posts/5020/revisions)

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  2. Click the 'source' link of the revision you want to see the Markdown for:

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  3. Profit!

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Another option would be to use the Stack Exchange API but since it returns JSON, the Markdown will be escaped (e.g. backslashes are duplicated). For 'casual' users it's less useful than the procedure described above.

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    This is very useful, thanks! Sep 26, 2019 at 7:22

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