I just tried adding this comment to an answer:

"You should use double instead of double"?

Instead, it showed up as:

"You should use double instead of **double**"?

It looks like if you use two asterisks ** next to a double quote, it will render the double quotes as literals. This applies for double quotes that appear both before and after the asterisks. This also only occurs for comments, not for questions and answers.

  • "You should use double instead of double"? – Daniel T. Feb 5 '11 at 20:06
  • Known and intended bug. See Inconsistency in styled comments and others in the Related sidebar. – dmckee Feb 5 '11 at 20:24
  • “ You could simply use a hair space (U+200A) after the opening and before the closing quote ! ” – nyuszika7h Feb 5 '11 at 20:29

I've added ' and " as whitelisted delimiters for bold and italic in mini-markdown.

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