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Why do Q & A require &lt; and &gt; to produce greater than less than whereas comments require literal < and > ? It seems inconsistent and inevitably I end up making an edit to fix it in one place or another.

I hesitated to try them in the title because I don't want to know.

Is it simply the browser behaviour of input vs textarea and can it be tweaked or something like that?

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    Why would you use < or > outside of a code element? – Brad Gilbert Mar 7 '10 at 4:52
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    The limitations should at least be documented in the FAQ. – Ether Mar 7 '10 at 17:14
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Questions and Answers allows actual HTML in them, while comments only allow markdown I believe.

AKA, In an Question or Answer I can do this

Source Code:

AKA, In an <strong>Question or Answer I can do this</strong>
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  • Awesome, I had no idea that you could put HTML in questions and/or answers. Thanks! – PeterJCLaw Mar 7 '10 at 16:42

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