I've been reading discussions about editing and previewing comments.

Why do I want this? If I get wrong some of the syntax in a comment, it becomes infuriating to try to guess at it, when the only help is offered by the help button near the answer input controls, which aren't always near where the comment input controls are. If I even think of that. Which I usually don't. It would be nice to have a help button right there where it's obvious. As another user pointed out in one of the linked questions, this kind of problem is exacerbated by the inability to edit comments (currently a planned feature) or preview them before posting.

Since the set of markdown in comments is restricted and comment previewing was a declined feature, I propose that some help be supplied near the input controls for posting a comment. A "?" button would be appropriate, with a small in-page popup that summarizes the allowed syntax.

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    Italics, bold, and code are that hard to remember? – mmyers Dec 21 '09 at 18:54
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    I rarely use bold and italics, so I forget. In addition, this isn't just for me. A new user would have much more difficulty. – Jon Seigel Dec 21 '09 at 18:59
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    +1 It would be great to have this! – Brian Dec 21 '09 at 19:25
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    @mmyers: Hard to remember? No. But you still have to learn the first time. – user27414 Dec 21 '09 at 21:40
  • why don't we just take the toolbar away altogether? I mean it isnt that hard right? – Brian Dec 21 '09 at 21:41
  • @mmyers - Agree with user27414. The point isn't remembering. The point is knowing in the first place. – DougW Nov 13 '14 at 20:15

click the help link under [add comment] to see a summary of the available formatting options.

commenting help

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    Very nice! Thank you! – Jon Seigel Feb 2 '11 at 14:51

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