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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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Using @ signs in comments without invoking comment replies?

How can I put the @ sign in a comment without referring to a person? I want to have six @ characters in a comment (ruby on rails variables), but when I try to do this, I'm getting an error about ...
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Best way to include table (of data) in a question [duplicate]

I would like to ask a question on Stack Overflow which includes a table of data from a MySQL database. What is the best way to include a table of data in a question?
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Does the spoiler markdown work on images?

In an answer, I tried to use the spoiler markdown to hide an image. (It wasn't offensive, but it was unappetizing which seems worthy of hiding on Seasoned Advice.) But the image seems not to be ...
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How can I escape the less than symbol when it is next to a alphabetical character? [duplicate]

I was pasting results from Google Translate into a quote in a question and it looked like this By overlaying the more because In reality the markdown is this >By overlaying the more because &...
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Which markdown should be used for filename of code

I often want to write filenames for code. Normally I write like this: Filename string = "This is example code" Is this okay? Is there a standard Stack Overflow way of markdown for writing filename?...
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Spoiler quotes break when multiple lines get involved

Spoiler quotes might be messed up. They break when multiple lines of spoiler are involved. This is inconvenient on sites like Scifi, where spoilery plot details might be discussed, or Puzzling, where ...
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Any way to view rejected edit source?

Is there any way to view rejected edit source? I have recently suggested an edit which was rejected. All three reviewers decided it better be a comment or an answer. So, how does one find rejected ...
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Link Shortcut for Wikipedia

Since this is the Summer of Love, in helping the newbies out I find myself linking to Wikipedia quite often (as they're usually woefully lacking in basic understandings of the topics they're asking ...
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Spacing oddity between lists when lists are found consecutively

Markdown: 1. Item 1 1. Item 2 1. Item 3 1. Item 4 1. Item 5 Now outputted as: Item 1 Item 2 Item 3 Item 4 Item 5 The visual gap after item 3 appears to be an error. If I stick anything non-list ...
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Leave newlines intact in bounty messages

Bounties allow us to provide a message along with bounties we place, should we deem it useful to include one. I use this myself regularly, and sometimes a decent explanation is warranted so that ...
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Visibility of links with uppercase letters in protocol section is inconsistent

Any link is visible in post preview despite of case in protocol section. But only links where protocol in lowercase are visible in result. Here is the link with uppercase letter in protocol section: ...
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Allow folding/collapsing of certain segments of posts

A question with attachments, screenshots and/or long code, makes it vertically long and often difficult to read fast. It would be nice to have a new kind of format, such as 'hideable', with a graphic ...
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Minor gripe: My flags are helpful, my spam flags are Helpful [duplicate]

Perhaps spam flags are slightly more helpful than normal flags and deserve capitalisation?
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Really weird (bad, confusing) version diff

Check out this page from Server Fault. This is a really weird and confusing render of the version diffs. I imagine it is a Markdown problem - diff of answer on Server Fault. The weird ...
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Change hyperlink text for the magical [help/foo] shortcuts

Often when I am commenting on why a question is off-topic, I ask people to look at what is on-topic. SE added support for more magical links; now writing [help/on-topic] translates to the local stack'...
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Can we get diff markup/markdown within posts?

I just realised recently how useful it would be to show diffs in posts. Mostly on programming sites, but it could be useful on language sites as well. For Stack Overflow, Software Engineering, etc.: ...
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Better list spacing (nested lists and/or lists with multiple paragraphs)

The styling of nested lists with mixed or multiple child elements isn’t great. If you have only a single paragraph of text or a single nested list item within a parent list item then there’s no issue, ...
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Rolling back post edits occasionally kills formatting

This question, closed yesterday, was bumped by its OP requesting reopen votes. I decided to roll back the edit (I know this doesn't 'unbump' it but that's not my point), but it seems the formatting ...
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Insufficient padding on one-line markdown pre tag

When scrolling through a code-block that is one line high on OSX the scroll bars appear when you hover over to scroll and obscure over half of the text. Chrome: Firefox: It's very distracting. It ...
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Reuse image description (alt text) as hover tooltip (title) by default

As What's the point in adding alt-text to an image? explains, currently, image description text only shows when browsing with images disabled and as such, can't be seen at all (and thus is ...
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Starring a message in chat that has a tag late in the message causes an empty tag box in the star list

Well, that's a decent title. Now what the heck am I talking about? Caused by starring this chat message. Seems to me like the box shouldn't be there at all since the tag is not part of the ...
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Inconsistent parsing of Markdown wrt italics and punctuation in posts and comments [duplicate]

On Language and Usage sites, proper punctuation is sometimes important. Consider the following source: “*bla*”, *bla*! *bla*… (*bla*), [*bla*], *bla*/*bla* and |*bla*|! In question and answer posts, ...
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Add parenthesis to period as an accepted list delimiter

FFS. I do this all the time and it kills me. The editor knows that an empty line followed by a number followed by a period followed by a space is a list item. This works great Its almost magic ...
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Escaping backticks fails

Typing \`foo\` produces `foo` instead of the desired literal backticks. It appears correctly in the preview however.
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Markdown, how can I set the language highlighting display in Stack Overflow to ruby? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Syntax highlighting language hints Interface options for specifying language prettify How do I set the language being highlighted in Stack Overflow to be colored and ...
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Numbering/bullet interpretation bug? [duplicate]

The number to the left shows up as a "1." even though I typed in "364." Very annoying.
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Add thousands separators to the numbers of votes and edits displayed on the Users page

The numbers of votes and edits displayed on the Users page don't feature thousands separators at the moment. This is slightly confusing and inconsistent — the reputation numbers do feature ...
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What HTML editor is used by Stack Overflow?

The Stack Overflow HTML editor is the best I've seen. Is it available as a downloadable component?
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Can I use Stack Overflow's reengineered WMD editor?

I hope this isn't an outrageous question. I'm developing a Web application that is going to be sort of like a blogging platform, but aimed towards storing snippets of code. I have read the blog posts ...
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'code that is not properly formatted as code' false positive?

I'm trying to post this question to SO, but it keeps complaining that it contains code that is not properly formatted as code and I can't figure out why. Am I missing something, or is there a bug ...
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Eeeek! Why is this image disappearing while embedding it?

I'm trying to make the image in this post clickable. So I follow these instructions: [![alt text][1]][2] but .... Eeeek! The image disappears! This also doesn't work: [![alt text][1]](http://i....
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URL with dashes and underscores altered when inserted into [name](url) notation

So, this is the URL: http://code.google.com/p/es-lab/wiki/Talks#Changes_to_ECMAScript,_Part_2:_Harmony_Highlights_-_proxies_and When I insert the URL like so: [Title](URL) the last part of the URL ...
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Careers CV print view doesn't transform Markdown

I love the new little printer icons on the Careers 2.0 site, and I had occasion today to point someone to it. Unfortunately, I discovered that the print view uses the raw Markdown text, without ...
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Links with URIs of schemes other than http/https are broken

It seems like the engine completely breaks all links that use a URI with a scheme other than 'http' or 'https'. Web != Internet, guys! ;) For example, the market scheme links to the Android market: ...
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URLs are linked despite being inside a code span

Markdown source: `http://google.com` - `http://google.com` - `http://google.com` Rendered result: http://google.com http://google.com http://google.com Note that the third code span is a ...
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Why intra-word ** highlighting is broken to protect programming_underscore_usage?

The similar case was discussed here: inconsistency rendering ** in markdown. Though quick help on formatting proposes to use _italic_ and **bold**, in fact you can use *italic* and __bold__ with the ...
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Ability to add “source” to quote?

When people quote others, it is common practice to add a source or attribution of the original speaker. When you select text and hit the quote button, there should be a pop-up that asks for an ...
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Perverse <del>/code block nesting preview is misleading

I just noticed that including code blocks in <del></del> seems to work in the preview but does not in the posted result. For example this: <del>Not code but enclosed in del tags ...
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Markdown images should clickable by default

Imagine a person posting a diagram within a Stack Exchange question. Typically they wind up with markdown like this: ### ![enter image description here][1] [1]: http://i.stack.imgur.com/TvhYx.jpg ...
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Give a warning instead of silently deleting <angle brackets>

I just wrote an answer which contained the sentence You need an IQueriable<TypeA>, but you have an IQueriable<TypeB> Upon posting, the "invalid markdown tags" where silently deleted,...
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Markdown in careers.stackoverflow.com cover letters

One of the things I love about the Stack Exchange sites is how pervasive Markdown is. You can literally use it almost everywhere. Heck, I'm using it right now, as I type this. So, you can imagine my ...
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Can we make the link formatting more obvious in the suggested edits queue?

Link in a suggested edit show up as such: You can't even tell that it is a link. It isn't obvious until you mouseover the text and even then, you can miss it really easily: I've rejected a couple ...
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Can the code button in the format bar be made to work for code blocks in numbered lists

I ran into a problem formatting a code block in a numbered list. I notice that I am not the first one to run into this problem -- there are more than a dozen questions related to this topic. The ...
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How to insert sample XML code in Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

I am trying to ask a question which contains sample XML code but I can't paste sample XML code in the question. How it can be done?
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Should this particular suggested edit (which I think adds backticks improperly) be approved? If not, what should the rejection reason be? [duplicate]

I came across this suggested edit which adds backticks to these words XNA, WinForms (tool/API name) C# (language name) 550 FPS (a... number) and changes nothing else in the post. I thought it was ...
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Can't edit (a specific) post without script freezing

I'm trying to edit: BYTE to python C-Type structure Conversion Issue However, every time I click on edit, Firefox (16.0.1 - Ubuntu 12.10) hangs for about 10 seconds, then prompts the usual "debug ...
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Does data explorer give access to the markdown version of post? (photobucket issue)

Photobucket has gone bad, so I've a number of old posts across the network which have broken images as I made them prior to the imgur deal. The internal search doesn't work - "user:me photobucket" ...
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To edit or not to edit?

I wonder this when I read questions a lot on SO. Is it common convention when you see a new user make a question with bad formatting (not using proper code casing on SO or not using latex math ...