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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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Markdown formatting bug with code blocks in lists

Have a look at the revisions of https://stackoverflow.com/revisions/1230618/list, in particular the formatting-related edit I made (edit 2). The formatted text contains spurious newlines and ...
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How can I type an underscore symbol as part of a word?

I ask this specifically because SQL Server collations contain underlines, and I couldn't find how to display them properly as part of a sentence. Only quoting them as code seems to display it properly,...
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Smart quotes in parentheses point the wrong way (“example”) [“tst”] {“tst”}

I noticed that when quote marks are converted to smart quotes in titles, the opening quote points the wrong way if it is preceded by an open parenthesis. See the title to this question. http://img264....
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Display question view counts above 1k as n.n kviews until the count reaches 10k

This is a rather trivial request, but I would imagine trivial to implement as well. I just received a notable question badge on SU and when I look at my question list, it says 3 kviews, even though ...
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Spoilers don't format well

While trying to assist with the formatting of a question which spoilers a list, I discovered there's not a lot of parity between how spoilers and quote blocks (which are superficially quite similar) ...
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Can the color of visited links be changed on the mobile site?

When browsing the mobile Stack Overflow site links are displayed in a reddish tone. This is a good contrast to the text color. But whenever a link was visited it gets the very same color as the "...
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Can we please have a place where changes to the markdown syntax are documented?

As I have observed in two recent questions, there's been some recent change to the syntax for inline code in comments. Let me here document the changes I found out so far (as in found out the hard way)...
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Please add LaTeX examples on the FAQ of sites that have it

This feature request is with respect to this question How do I write equations on Math.SE? To be truthful, I had no idea how those equations worked or what LaTeX is until I searched on SE sites and ...
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Allow sourcing in blockquote markdown

A blockquote nearly always comes with a source, however the way to format the quote often differs: Some people will put the link like this (http://www.example.com) Others will put it like this. ...
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Markdown in Chat fails for Multi-Line Messages, a Reprise

So, we are all aware of this post, which essentially says that messages with multiple lines are considered to be "pasted" and therefore have no markdown processing run on them. All well and good, ...
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Protocol-relative and relative URLs should be considered “Linked”

Currently, neither protocol-relative URLs, nor relative URLs, are recognized by the system as pointing to questions to be added to the "Linked" list for the current question. Given the pending switch ...
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Could “code” in chat (markdown with backquotes) change the background like on the main site?

In chatting, I've taken to using bold to format code. This is because it does not stand out very well if the only thing that changes is a fixed-width font. For instance: But it seems that if CSS ...
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Putting things in <kbd> tags allows one to get outside the question border

Here is an example (2 image / 2 kbd): Here is another example (2 images / 1 kbd): Here is yet another example (A lot of stars in a kbd): *************************************************************...
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How to write multiple spaces in the post?

I want to write multiple spaces in code say many spaces but I want to do this in code block ``. But in this case spaces are merged into one. I found this question but there is no solution... ...
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The title of the inserted link for a duplicate question should be properly escaped

This question was recently closed as a duplicate of (![]+[])[+[]]… Explain why this works. However, the inserted link blows up as the weird title does not get escaped properly in the resulting ...
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Can we detect unformatted code and give specific help?

This is related to this feature request around "training videos" but is more specific. It seems to me that it wouldn't be too hard to make a pretty good guess about when a question contains code that ...
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<!— summary --> now leaves a blank paragraph on top of the About Me section

When I first included a summary in my profile for use with my user card popup, using this syntax: <!-- summary: A short summary of myself goes here! --> ### Heading Full About Me bio... (...
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Could <samp> support be added to Stack Exchange?

Since Stack Exchange already supports <kbd> for text input, it only makes sense to support the matching output from a program, <samp>, distinctly from the program <code> itself. If ...
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SO-specific markup - definitive resource?

Is there a definitive source of all possible markup for all the SO sites? For instance, I saw on one meta site someone putting tag links in their question, and it showed up looking like the actual ...
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Provide a way to quickly link to a question within MarkDown

From Uservoice: One of the nice features in FogBugz is the ability to type "case 17" in the body of a case, and have it automatically create a link to case #17. If it's possible to ...
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Can the Apple.SE magic comment link's title be changed to “Ask Different”?

Those magic comment links are awesome, especially when commenting on reasonably good but off-topic questions. Due to the tags I hang out in, I use the [Apple.SE] link more often than most others. Its ...
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Add a view to see the raw source of suggested edits

As it is right now, we cannot see the raw source of the suggested edit. There are diff views and that's useful but sometimes the changes are so subtle, the actual formatting needs to be inspected if ...
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New “[tag:” syntax interferes with Markdown links

Links in [link text][number] format don't work properly if they follow a tag using the new [tag:tagName] format. Here's the result of [tag:python] [gold badge page][1]: python [gold badge page]1 ...
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Unable to read any question or answer in Android app due to black box

This is a bit of a more unusual bug to report: The screenshot above is unedited - the black box is rendered by the Stack Exchange application. Phone: Samsung Galaxy Discover running Android 4.0.4 (...
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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 ...
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Links to answers are not formatted to show the title automatically

When including a link to a question in a post (question or answer) by copying the Link URL at the bottom of the question, the link is automatically formatted to appear as the question title: For ...
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In Stack Overflow, which is better : naming keyboard keys or using their symbols?

The Mac keyboards have historically rarely spelled out keys such as : command, control and option. Instead, symbols (i.e. ⌘, ⌥) are printed on keyboards and used throughout the system ...
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What's the point in adding alt-text to an image?

When you add an image to a post via the helper bar, you get this: ![enter image description here][1] [1]: http://i.stack.imgur.com/ve8n0.png What purpose does the enter image description here text ...
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Do we want emojis in posts?

I am looking for a canonical question and answer on this issue. This question (see edit history) on Pets.se has prompted me to ask this question. In all honesty I think we just don't need a ...
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Syntax highlighting: <!-​- language: lang-none --> does not seem to work for block quote

After using <!-- language-all: lang-sql -->, this is formatted as SQL: SELECT * FROM foo LIMT 12345; Next, a block quote (to keep line breaks!), but language syntax is not desired. So I use &...
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`[tag:]` should work in comments

I think it would be useful if the [tag:] tag-linking syntax worked in comments.
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Why do code blocks sometimes not “show” properly?

It's possible that this is a duplicate of this question - but if so, I don't know why, and I can't verify whether it's the case. I've got a concrete example, although only dev (and maybe mods) will be ...
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Why does the following Markdown (blockquote, code block, #) render the way it does?

Why does the following Markdown: > ``` # test render as it does? <h1>test</h1> Yes, you see that right: the # is converted even though it's inside a code block. Furthermore, it's ...
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Make links in monospaced format look more like links

In this answer I posted a few links that I formatted using backtics. Because of the new background color and the way the links are formatted it isn't clear right away that they are clickable. (It ...
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Blockquote rewrap destroys code

I've seen too many newbies hit the "quote" button instead of the "code" button while posting. This is much worse than if they just left the code inline, because the quote button rewraps all the text ...
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Proposal for Markdown buttons design

Markdown panel that is used now in Stack Exchange sites has button images with medium resolution. It would be good to have these buttons in good quality, because in Retina display images are blurred. ...
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Comments don't have formatting tags or line breaks

I noticed that comments do not support formatting and line breaks like we have in posts. The markdown help doesn't seem to apply to the comments, so I think it is a bug.
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Could Markdown and mini-Markdown have the same support for backticks?

In comments, mini-Markdown sometimes has a different syntax for backticks within backticks: when the code starts and/or ends with a backtick, one needs escaping. In those cases, could mini-Markdown ...
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Link parser can not handle URLs with a second http:// in it

Escaped version The following [link][1] does not work, neither does <a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20121130000728/http://www.google.com/">this</a>. [1]: http://web.archive.org/web/...
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Is it possible to change the text size in the code markdown?

I recently answered my first question over on Programmers.SE and noticed that the font for my code snippets was smaller and looked a lot nicer than my snippets on SO. Is it possible to reduce the ...
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How do I display a (R) or (TM) symbol on SE sites? [closed]

In normal html I just show this character - &#174 How to do it on SE sites? I see the problem now. I was trying to do it in a quote. As in quoting another source. That seems to cause an issue ...
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Is the dollar sign ($) used for markdown? If yes, then how can I safely insert it?

I want to write something basic like "10 $US" but sometimes it makes the text look weird. It changes the font and writes italic text. And sometimes it will insert a newline. For example in my answer ...
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Posting a stack trace

When trying to resolve a problem it is often necessary to post something like a stack trace or the error text you receive from the system. However, such stack traces can become quite lengthy. What ...
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Multiple spaces in code in comments get merged into one

Code is supposed to be exact and "as-is". Sometimes, showing two spaces is important. In a comment, it is not possible to show code with  multiple   spaces. This became apparent in this answer (see ...
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Could we please have a clickable arrow to expand hidden content?

For many questions/answers where I wish to provide background, explanation, mildly extraneous detail, etc., I would really like to have that little arrow thingee that one sees in the FAQ: To ...
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Option for visually impaired to ask moderators for formatting help

Well, I'm blind so, perhaps, this question could seem stupid for most of you. When I write questions on Stack Overflow, often I'm blocked for some code formatting error and, sometimes, I don't ...
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Ordered lists with letters as markers

From time to time, I encounter posts that use nested lists, where one of the lists uses numbers (1., 2., 3.) as markers and the other uses letters (a), b), c)), but are not properly formatted (example)...
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Has MarkdownSharp considered East Asian Scripts always have intra-word emphasis?

In the post below, Jeff Atwood claimed the MarkdownSharp has changed Markdown rules to disable intra-word emphasis like "the_file_name" or "file_one and file_two". http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/...
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Make Link markdown with whitespace-only content for the 'link' text auto-delete itself

There was a questionable post caught by SmokeDetector containing an invisible link set forth on white space like follows: [ ](hxxp://some-nsfw-image-link-or-spam-link) ... which renders pretty much ...