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Markdown is a lightweight, plain-text, markup language. It is used across the entire Stack Exchange network for post formatting (Questions, answers, wikis, chat).

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What Replacement Strings are available for use in Community Specific Close Reasons?

I've been working on a project to update some of our Community Specific closure reasons on Stack Overflow. In my research, I've been looking network wide at our various community's closure reasons. I'...
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Markdown rendering anomaly in the Help Center on SO

On Stack Overflow the privileges for a trusted user page in the Help Center currently shows the following minor rendering anomaly: ##Deleting answers ###When should I vote to delete an answer? As ...
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Adding a 'Markdown link' to 'Share a link to this answer/question' dialog

I often prepare an answer in a local application editor that supports Markdown syntax. After posting the answer I then add a link to that answer using the 'Copy link' of the 'Share a link to this ...
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Support the <details> syntax for collapsible/expandable sections in Markdown posts [duplicate]

When posting, I would like a way to show a collapsible section that adds value, but it might be distracting to have in full while just reading though the post casually, or adding extra details that ...
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Hyperlinks do not work if they are inside square brackets

I can imagine situations when somebody might include a bare URL in post. And the link might even be between [ and ] - if it is a part of some explanatory remark. It seems that in such cases the link ...
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Using blockquote in chat doesn't work when it's part of a text block [duplicate]

In the chat, when using a blockquote markup after a line of text, the blockquote doesn't render. For example, if I try: text: > quote I get this: What's the correct way to use it in this case?
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Is there a way to combine multiple columns in a table? [duplicate]

I would like to create a table that has some combined columns. Something like this: | title 1 | title 2 | title 3 | |:-------:|:-------:|:-------:| | info 1 & 2 | info 3 | | info 4 | ...
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Indenting interactive interpreter invokes interesting interactions [duplicate]

Stack Snippets still attempt to be rendered when indented or within code fences. This behaviour was first observed "in the wild" on this (now deleted) answer on Stack Overflow and in ...
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"Thanks for participating" email is in unparsed Markdown

I just received a "Thanks for participating" email for the Proof Assistants site. I assume these are sent automatically by a script, but it seems to have missed the Markdown-to-HTML parser ...
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Code Markdown bug

I've only seen this happen on music.se, the latest one on Metronome Sound today. The last code block on a page renders as a blank box. It looks like a few people have had different attempts to get the ...
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"Your post appears to contain code that is not properly formatted as code." I have no idea why

I can’t seem to understand what is wrong with the following Markdown content. I keep getting the Your post appears to contain code that is not properly formatted as code. Please indent all code by 4 ...
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Pasting from Microsoft Excel defaults to pasting an image via the Uploader™ [duplicate]

I'm trying to make a markdown table in Microsoft Excel, I copied multiple rows then went to paste the text into a post, and I get this result: Whereas I'd have expected the table to have been pasted ...
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Are nested spoiler tags possible in a post?

As we all know, there is the option to have a quote format within a quote format, like so: Some text Some other text Is there a way to have a spoiler tag within a spoiler tag? Currently, using the ...
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Chemistry equation \ce modifier works in a non chem SE site's posts, but not in search results. Should we consider it "working" and start using it?

In Space Exploration SE there are a lot of questions related to chemistry (mostly production and combustion of rocket propellants and air/water for people) and after six years there I just this moment ...
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Block quote handling mismatch between preview and post

Noticed on my answer to a question on BGSE, the preview and the posted answer, the block quote is handled differently: This is the markup for my rules quote: Here is the preview that shows below the ...
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Markdown tables with unmatched backtick \` should either not show as a table in preview or show correctly after preview

I spotted a discrepancy between Markdown preview and posted questions. This discrepancy also holds for answers. When using unmatched backticks ` inside a table cell, like in following source: |header1|...
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Strikethrough without space is not working in chat

Intra-word strikethrough in chat is not working. This does not render as having a strikethrough: T---e---st Is this by-design or not?
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Why has the parsing of the &nbsp; in tables changed?

I am used to using the &nbsp; HTML character to visually fill out the width and/or height of tables so they are used to their full potential: So that instead of this: I get this:                 ...
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Count length of comment only by the markdown formatted *result* length, not by its *raw input* length [duplicate]

When adding markdown formatted links, you have the chance to give a short and readable name to a link, using : I have to change it to: to be able to comment. Result: If I try to save some space in ...
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Why does the new editor change all the link references to inline?

I used WSIWYG mode in the new editor and it made all the links inline when I made a minor edit. Of less concern, it also removed the optional trailing #s on headers and escaped a bunch of brackets ...
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Markdown rendering missing in comment flags under moderator

Code formatting isn't properly rendered within comment flags: ... and links (possibly other content) as well: I doubt there would be any nefarious content that is hidden through markdown that one ...
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Quotes prevent auto-linking Stack Exchange question URLs, but the preview doesn't reflect this? [duplicate]

Compare this preview of editing a post (the same is true when writing): With the results: Can this get fixed at some point?
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Can questions support the <details> tag?

Today I wanted to include an extra log in a question, but felt it didn't need to take up vertical space when someone first looked at the question (the scrollbar on long code wasn't aggressive enough ...
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Why are these 2 code tables rendered differently?

When rendered in dark mode, one table has golden borders, the other one has white+grey borders. Despite they are using the same markdown, only content is different. Please explain why. My question is ...
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Code formatting fails for closing brace on some sites [duplicate]

The following block of code ``` } ``` renders correctly when asking a question on most sites, e.g. Stack Overflow and here on Meta: } However, on some sites, like Game Development and Code Review, ...
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Markdown isn't rendering the <sup> tag correctly

Recently I made an edit to this question in Literature SE. The added part is a link inside a tag: <sup> The mot was made by mathematician Poincaré in his essay [The future of mathematics](https:...
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How can I properly embed a code block into a Markdown table cell? Alternatively, how can I insert newlines into a code block without using `Enter`?

I have the following fenced code block: ```<br>a = 1<br>b = 2<br>``` I would like to replace the <br>s with some other character ?, so that it acts like a newline, so that the ...
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Embedded Markdown tags in answers have smaller text and are not aligned properly

Is it possible to reposition and increase the size of Markdown tags embedded in answers? Over at Law, although a question may be tagged with a specific jurisdiction: we expect and encourage answers ...
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Markdown tables render differently in preview and post [duplicate]

I recently made a Markdown table as part of an answer to a question on Biology.SE. Here's the text: ***R<sub>g</sub>* protein C (Å)**|***R<sub>g</sub>* protein D (Å)** -----|---...
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Unable to position my cursor by mouse inside the image textboxes in the Answer section in the Firefox browser

In the Mozilla Firefox browser, I'm unable to position my cursor by mouse inside the image textboxes in the Answer section. If I want to modify any text, I can only use the keyboard. GIF image for the ...
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Some Markdown tables incorrectly omit an entire column in the rendered post, but display correctly in the preview

This is not a duplicate of the following posts: Markdown table preview does not detect missing blank line before table header - that question is reporting a different issue, a problem with tables ...
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Prevent Markdown links from escaping the tilde character (~) on Stack Exchange

When Linking to a Text Fragment, a tilde character ~ is used as part of the URL to identify text to highlight: https://meta.stackexchange.com/q/370143/#:~:text=to%20identify%20text%20to%20highlight%...
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Is it possible to not embolden table headers? [duplicate]

When creating a table, all headers seem to be emboldened by default: Header 1 Header 2 Sample Sample However, this isn't always desirable since tables can simply house data in a easy to read format,...
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Control width of table cell

I often use tables to improve posts with many and/or large images: it makes it easier for the reader to get an overview of a given situation, it effortlessly turns the images into links so their ...
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Markdown not recognizing characters in URLs, redux: dollar sign

I have two links which I am trying to use in an answer: [10–4–5 (for Terminal facilities)][3] [6–4–4 (for Enroute facilities)][4] and two URLs which those links should point to: [3]: https://www.faa....
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New editor sees quoted images as spoilers, deletes markdown

In an answer, I have some images with the syntax >![][1] [1]: example.com The new editor (when not in markdown mode) wants to interpret this as an empty link in a spoiler: Switching back to ...
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Add support for in-line spoilers

I would like to request an option for in-line spoilers on Stack Exchange. For example, instead of needing to spoiler tag an entire sentence: Or breaking up a sentence with a dedicated spoiler line: ...
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Markdown not properly rendered in 'Convert to edit' mod action description

The description of the mod action 'Convert to edit' contains Markdown which is not rendered: **by the asker** Another option, 'Lock', does contain a rendered link, so it's not a question of the mod ...
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Why did my bullets fail to display as intended in my bounty message even they display properly temporarily sandboxed in an answer post? [duplicate]

Editing bounty messages, is it finally time for a little "Love"? (anti-Doh! feature request) discusses the possibility of having perhaps five minutes to edit bounty messages because we can ...
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Markdown diff shows headers changed, but only body text changed [duplicate]

On the revision history for this post, there are a couple edits which show changes to headers when viewed Inline: But when switching to the Side-by-side Markdown diff, it appears the changes only ...
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Unordered list is shown as nested in the on-site rendering but flat in the post editor

I use Chrome (latest version), and there is an obvious bug. Look at this post. Click to "edit" that post and without making any changes, just look at that post how it looks like in the &...
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Markdown characters in code both shown and rendered as markdown

With certain syntax colourings active (for example "apl" but not "c"), and for certain specific characters, symbols that have meaning in markdown are visible while also causing ...
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Make "The Comprehensive Formatting Test" into its own FAQ post

In the Formatting Sandbox there is one excellent answer, The Comprehensive Formatting Test. This answer gives examples of all known uses of markdown that are currently supported. Whilst the answer isn'...
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Should we add placeholders for referencing upvotes, downvotes, views, etc. of a question/answer?

Often when writing meta posts, you are referencing values such as upvotes, downvotes, and views from other questions. This results in lots of "at the time of writing" and "currently&...
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Period (.) after a link renders after the link in preview, but as part of the link in the rendered post, when there are bold/italic markers

This is not a duplicate of this similar, much older bug report, as the Markdown renderers have changed since that report (as a result of the CommonMark transition), and that report was marked ...
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Include comment markdown formatting in "Share" link

I find I often want to link to other related questions in comments and frequently use the "Share" link below a question: Invariably, I also want to share the title for a readable link, so ...
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Omitting the space after the ">" in chat, for a multiline quote, works half-way

Quotes in chat are supposed to require a space after the > > note the space between ">" and "note" Thus, as expected, >quote renders as ">quote", and > ...
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Some lines of code block are bold when the question has at least two language tags

We've found this problem in this question on Stack Overflow in Portuguese, but I've also tested in other sites (English and Spanish SO's), and it happened there as well. In the aforementioned ...
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Markdown, nested list : how to incorporate a nested list between two lines of a same list element

This is something I never managed to do with markdown. I write a list. In one of the elements, I am writing a paragraph, and then I want to list things again. So I create a nested list. So far so good....
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Is there a way to make a table with many lines in a cell?

In this question, I want to make this table: Is there a way to make a table having many lines in a cell?
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