Noting this duplication of topic, I hope this question can also address, what else might be easily done?

This is a bug, or should be added to editing notes.

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is not a great help.

This is indeed a duplicate in trying to understand what's happening. About 40 (2/3rds of the 60 or so) meta.se backslash backtick search results relate to this.

In the question & answer editor, the input:


produces the output: ```

Whereas in the comments, the same string correctly renders a code block containing a back-tick.

  • Copied & pasted from question/answer editor for comparison: In the question & answer editor, the input: ``` ` ``` produces the output: `
    – mcint
    Oct 19, 2020 at 19:51
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    Duplicate of How to not escape backticks in comments. Also described in How do I format a backslash as code with backticks in comments? which also explains how backslashes can be escaped. Oct 19, 2020 at 20:03
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    … although I may have misread your question. You expect `\`` in posts to render as a code span containing only a backtick, correct? Oct 19, 2020 at 20:09
  • I expect there to be one format for writing markdown, question/answer or comment (ignoring the multiline handling difference), and/or a note in the editing tutorial, or a prompt when a ````` is submitted in a comment.
    – mcint
    Oct 21, 2020 at 3:04

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The best (only?)* way I've discovered to include a single backtick as a code span in posts is to use double ticks and spaces surrounding:

`` ` ``

Which results in: `

I agree that it's unexpectedly inconsistent, however.

* As pointed out by @hkotsubo, <code>`</code> and <code>&#x60;</code> are also options.

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    You can also use <code>`</code> or <code>&#x60;</code>
    – hkotsubo
    Oct 20, 2020 at 12:46
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    You're right! I missed those. I do like the terseness of the five backticks though.
    – zcoop98
    Oct 20, 2020 at 14:54

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