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Questions tagged [editing-help]

For questions about the Markdown editing help page, which lists the elements of Markdown syntax which can be used to format posts on Stack Exchange.

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Ctrl+Q shortcut for adding quotes causes Firefox to quit

This is not a duplicate of Keyboard shortcut Ctrl+K in comments conflicts with latest Firefox version because that only mentions comments, not posts. While editing a long answer with a large block of ...
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How do I make a(n ascii) table to support my Excel question on superuser? [duplicate]

I'd like to ask a question regarding Excel on the Stack Exchange Superuser site, and I have a sample set of data to help illustrate my request for help with a formula. It doesn't seem that HTML tables ...
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Sidebar overlaps footer on markdown help page [duplicate]

After I scroll down to the bottom of the editing-help page I see sidebar overlapping footer. Almost like in this question: Floating sidebar clash with footer in team page Screenshot:
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Multiple category formatting buttons hopping at the same time as other categories

Should the formatting stop jumping when clicking on another formatting help while jumping is running on another category?
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More emphasis on scope for new users

I've noticed that many new users post questions that fall out of the scope of a particular site and get closed. Often these are very common (such as idea generation on Worldbuilding SE or homework ...
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Dead link in “How do I format my posts using Markdown or HTML” page

The page that describes the formatting of the posts: https://sharepoint.stackexchange.com/help/formatting contains the dead link for Google Prettify. The dead link is: http://google-code-prettify....
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How can I ask a question again? [duplicate]

About 2 years ago, I wrote some VERY bad questions which obviously got down voted and one question just got closed off because it was irrelevant or because the question was not clear. Recently, I ...
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Better MathJax reference on SE sites [duplicate]

When asking questions on Math.SE, the "MathJax help »" link on the sidebar points to MathJax basic tutorial and quick reference, which in my opinion is very friendly to users who have never heard ...
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Markdown editing help should mention something about the extra brackets which appears when posting images

There has been a small change implemented when posting images. There will be some extra brackets. Currently, the markdown editing page (eg: Stack Overflow) does not mention anything about this ...
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Fix the link to Prettify language tags on the Markdown help page

The Markdown help page says: You can use either one of the supported prettify language codes ... But the linked answer doesn't contain language tags - they have been moved here. Can the Markdown ...
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Update markdown help to reflect new uploaded image behavior

I recently got confused by the new extra brackets around uploaded images. The markdown help, where I looked, didn't cover it explicitly. (You can puzzle it out by checking the linking section.) I ...
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Expander arrow on /editing-help is way too close to the text!

As you can see in this image, the little arrow used to show you can expand the section (on the markdown help page) is too close to the text: Can it be moved a bit to the right? It can be done easily ...
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Issue with FAQs Do we need a new sandbox areas for novice use

If for instance you look at the help page To learn about formatting your post on Stack Exchange: Read our formatting help Read How do I format my code blocks? Experiment for yourself ...
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Should “How to use <kbd> tags” be included in the “How To Format” list?

I have noticed that many edits by members of various SE sites are to change keystrokes like CTRL + A to the proper Ctrl+A format. Should information on how to properly use key command formatting be ...
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The examples on all the markdown help pages are broken

I've tried a few SE sites and it seems like all markdown help pages have broken examples. You can see it on the meta se markdown help page or any other SE site. Here is a screenshot from SO: It ...
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Newlines are missing in a few editing help sections

Consult our friendly editing help page. The following sections are missing newlines and appearing incorrectly: Linebreaks Simple blockquotes Advanced blockquotes Spoilers Here's what advanced ...
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Supported languages on editing help doesn't actually link to supported languages

On editing help page (also seen on StackOverflow's page), the link about supported languages goes to this page. That page is a notification about the existence of syntax highlighting (though a ...
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How to include badges in posts? [duplicate]

I remember there was some way to include badges in the post text in a similar way tags can be, but I cannot find it in the help. How can this be done?
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Tags section of Markdown help shows “siteName”

The tags section of the Markdown help reads in part: To talk about a tag on siteName, like-this, use It seems like siteName was intended to be replaced with the name of the site in question, but ...
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Tweak the help text for how to make links on comments [duplicate]

Could we get the help text for comments tweaked a tiny bit? I always find [link](http://www.example.com) confusing, because http://www.example.com is a link. Just now, I actually went to one of my ...
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Editing help for lists shows $dash$ instead of minus sign

The current editing help page for simple lists shows the following: $dash$ Use a minus sign for a bullet $dash$ This list gets wrapped in <p> tags The same thing also occurs in Advanced ...
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Improve the usability experience of posts that “appear to contain code that is not properly formatted as code”

I recently got this message when trying to post a question: Oops! Your question couldn't be submitted because: Your post appears to contain code that is not properly formatted as code. ...
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Markdown help is incorrect

With the recent burnination of the FAQ, tell-tale traces of it remain around the network. The markdown help still states: [faq], [faq#anchor], [meta-faq], [meta-faq#anchor] – link to the FAQ. ...
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Restore the extended details on the SO Editing Help page

https://stackoverflow.com/editing-help used to have a lot of useful information hidden under accordions, but now it seems all the accordions are gone, along with the information that was in them. ...
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Our Editing Help doesn't mention paragraph breaks [duplicate]

I just took a look at our Editing Help and noticed it makes no mention of the fact you need two line breaks for a paragraph break. ^ Like this. On the couple of SE sites I frequent, this seems to be ...
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Please clarify syntax highlighting example in help to include empty line before markup

As a follow-up to a question about why disabling syntax highlighting did not work I'd like to propose to include or change at least one example in the existing editing help to include the empty line ...
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Please put the information about how to escape backticks in the main syntax help page

I am fully aware that the information about how to escape backticks in inline code is on this page: http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax#autoescape But since backticks are so commonly ...
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Change comment help for link markdown

This is the help for comments: Comments use mini-Markdown formatting: [link](http://example.com) _italic_ **bold** `code`. The post author will always be notified of your comment. To also notify ...
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Tag markdown links to the question list, but the help claims it links to the tag info

The faq#tags says The tag will automatically be linked to the corresponding tag info page. But in a question I saw today on MSO gave tag-reference to symfony-2.0 SO tag, which was not linked to ...
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unable to locate in keyboard help how to show Windows Logo key everywhere and keyboard keys in comments

Windings font 0xFF is the "Windows Logo Key". however, because of font mapping, it appears that simply pasting it from Character Map is not a solution. For other keys, in questions, i can use kbd in ...
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Please include how to quote backticks in inline code in Markdown editing help

I've seen this happen a few times: "code 'with' backticks (replace quotes with backticks!!!)" I also had to do some digging to find out for myself that the correct way to do this: code `with` ...
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Update the Markdown help to reflect the modern realities of Stack Exchange 2.0

On technical sites, the Markdown help page rightly begins with guidance on formatting code. But the page is reused on non-technical sites where code formatting is either completely unnecessary or co-...
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Add “paragraphs” to Markdown help

Like balpha once explained very nicely, a <br> line break (newline) should be used in very few cases, and surely is not the same as a new <p> paragraph. Still the Markdown help only ...
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List of languages for syntax highlight [duplicate]

When putting some code sections into SO questions, the system tries to detect the language and automagically colorizes the code but sometimes if the excerpt of code is small enough it cannot get the ...
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How I missed seeing the help link for Markdown formatting when asking a question

*Note: I edited the title to more accurately match the final disposition of this question. Still leaving it around for any others who might be as clueless as I was. It's a big world. There is a non-...
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Could the Help be better? (code section)

I think that the help should be the most clear thing. I'm about to suggest an edit to the Code section in the Markdown Help, because: It's lacking to mention an imporant feature: how to apply 4 space ...
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Comment formatting FAQ does not mention notification-stripping

The comment notification FAQ does not mention that notifications will be stripped from comments in some cases. This is confusing because the line length limit takes effect after removal of ...
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@ not required anymore to reply in comments

It seems that the @JohnDoe is not required anymore to reply in a comment and notify JohnDoe, even if JohnDoe only wrote a comment on the post (JohnDoe is not the answer writer). Am I right? If so, ...
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The editing help page's title repeats the site name

Minor thing I noticed: The editing help page repeats the site name in the title. For example: Markdown Editing Help - Meta Stack Overflow - Meta Stack Overflow This is the case for all SE sites. ...
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Linking to sub-anchors in the “Markdown help” page not working as well as they could

On the Markdown Editing Help page, every section is lead off by a header element that can be directly linked to (e.g. Spoilers). If a section can be expanded (e.g. Links) , each sub-section also has ...
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Editing comment help page

The editing help gives no mention that commenting when there is one existing commenter will cause them to be notified too. Is it the site admin's job to edit something like this in, or would it be ...
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Can we add how to disable syntax highlighting to the editing help (FAQ)?

Syntax highlighting for code has a long section about syntax highlighting but it fails to mention how to disable it. I guess one can use "lang-none" as a language code (it's listed in Interface ...
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In the inline comment help, please mention that only one @reply is allowed

There's a new inline comment help. That's great. It also explains who will be notified of comments. That's great too. But the wording doesn't clearly exclude a common newbie mistake: it's not apparent ...
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Include explicit Google Prettify instructions in the markdown help

If I understand it correctly, SO is supporting Google Prettify. There is no information about this within the Markdown editing notes (the Code section of the toolbar and in the advanced help). I ...
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Link to “Editing Help” is located under its image

When you're asking a question on SO there's a "Editing help" link above and right. However, the link is not on top of the image. I'm using firebug in the image below to mark where the link is. This ...
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How do I edit an edit that is still in peer review?

Say, I've edited a question asked by someone. I submitted my edit, and then realize I could have made few more changes. Now I want to edit my previous edit. How can this be done? (If it can be done?)
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Please list code highlighting before bold and italics in Stack Overflow's editing help

When editing the body of a question, "How to Format" has ► put returns between paragraphs ► for linebreak add 2 spaces at end ► _italic_ or **bold** ► indent code by 4 spaces ► backtick escapes `...
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Suggesting a comment be deleted

I don't have enough rep to delete comments yet, but I've seen several cases where someone comments "foo", and then comments "foo bar", and then "foo bar baz". I'd like to suggest that the first two ...
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Please update the editing help

I only recently learned about a new feature to insert those fancy tags into your post. I didn't know what the exact syntax was. It was only now that I needed it myself, and I've been searching like a ...