When I block quote a bit of a post that contains a

Big Title

generated by

**Big Title**

It shows as big while am previewing the post during edit. But as soon as I click Save Changes the appearance changes and the bigification disappears.

Similar behavior when the ** marks are removed.

Is this (what I feel to be) unexpected behavior by design?

From this answer:

screenshot of preview while editing screenshot of post after saving edits

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    There's generally issues with using underlines for headers - I generally recommend that people use hashes for the specific header size they want to use instead. – Catija Sep 10 '20 at 5:19
  • @Catija I'll look into that. It appears that preview generates a better, more correct, and yet unfortunately inaccurate view of what the final post looks like. That might reflect a broader underlying issue that deserves attention. Smith & Dale's "SMITH: Doctor, it hurts when I do this. DALE: Don't do that." might not be the best way to approach this. :-) – uhoh Sep 10 '20 at 5:27
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    Yeah - not arguing with that - but this is a support question and there's already at least one bug report about a nearly identical issue. – Catija Sep 10 '20 at 5:31

There's a known bug with this that is in our backlog to look into but we haven't gotten to it yet. Ham, one of our developers, stated the following in a comment:

This is one of the cases where our client-side markdown renderer is behaving differently than our server-side renderer. As I see it the CommonMark spec suggests that this example should indeed be a heading instead of a a horizontal rule. I'll file a bug with our server-side markdown library and see if we can make this consistent. In the meantime, using # is the way to avoid this.

In the interim, the suggestion here is the best we have: at least when inside quotes, use hashes instead of a line.

  • This solved my problem, and good to hear that there is already a bug report! By trial-and-error (I don't really know markdown except what I learn by writing SE posts) I've found that two hash marks followed by a space (very important) works. >## Answer 2 followed by a block quoted blank line > Thanks! – uhoh Sep 10 '20 at 5:48

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