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How do I make part of a word bold using Markdown? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Markdown handles inline bold text (within a word) incorrectly I'm trying to use the following Markdown to make just the "Overflow" part of "StackOverflow Meta" bolded: Stack**...
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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 ...
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Is it possible to have a code block that isn't highlighted? [duplicate]

There are some languages that get highlighted incorrectly. Is it possible to specify a code block that does not have any highlighting when it gets displayed? Here is an small example of CSS that is ...
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What is the preferred way to include error messages in Markdown?

When I have a question that displays an error message from somewhere, is it better to place that error message inside a code markup block or a quote markup block? It seems like more people are doing ...
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How are users supposed to discover comment markup?

Add syntax highlighting and line breaks to comment formatting explains that limited inline markup is supported in comments. This is useful, and the limitation makes sense. However it's hard to ...
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How do I escape backslashes in markdown?

How do I type "backslash backslash servername" on a European keyboard, like this \\ServerName, (without just pasting a backslash from the clipboard). Typing backslash just seems to toggle the code ...
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tag:* links incorrectly when using Save And Copy Profile To All Stack Exchange Accounts

The css tag in my Stack Exchange profile links to different sites depending on where it's being viewed: Profile on StackOverflow: [tag:CSS] => https://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/css ...
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What is the proper way to link to another answer on the same question?

Sometimes I'd like to link to another answer of the same question in my own answer. The simple way to do it is to copy the permalink of the answer and use that. However, that is likely to reload the ...
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collapsible region [duplicate]

I'd like to be able to add collapsible #regions within my post. For example Blah blah blah I am very smart and I will tell you how its done. Blah blah blah blah, if you're interested, that's like ...
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Dollar sign used as currency renders incorrectly in Android app

I came across an answer today on Electronic Engineering: How to go from newbie to manufactured? in the Android app. The answer gives monetary figures in (presumably) USD using the dollar sign. When ...
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My comment `code block` was not converted properly, is this a bug?

In my comment here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/409/what-is-your-favorite-coding-guidelines-checklist/138993#comment-8835926 I needed to have a : symbol with a leading space, but I couldn't ...
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Allow [tag:tag-name] syntax to link to any site

The tag tag and meta-tag bug syntax generate much nicer looking results than merely surrounding your tag with [square brackets]. However, they only work when you're talking about the site you're on....
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`rel=“nofollow”` showing up in preview but not in output

I'm looking at this answer; in the markdown and preview you can see a piece of code rel="noattribute", like in the following screenshot. It's not showing up in the rendered output.
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Addition of Inline Quotes

You can have code blocks that can be instead shown as inline code. Similarly, you can have block quotes However, you cannot have "inline quotes". Often, I find I want to add a quote inline, so ...
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Support for site-specific formatting hooks in SE2.0 sites

I'm curious as to what sort of support is planned for site-specific formatting abilities in the SE 2.0 sites. On Math Overflow, for example, they have math formatting with LaTeX-style markup. If the ...
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When will Pagedown be moved to Github?

According to StackExchange's Github page, PageDown is still a Mercurial repo hosted on Google Code. However Google Code is going to become read-only on August 25, 2015 and it'd be nice for PageDown to ...
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Can formatting make harder to find the question on a search engine?

Sometimes in Chemistry S.E. I use latex formatting e.g. $CO_{2}$ for CO2 or $\ce{H20}$ for formatting H2O. I would like to know if formatting can make it harder to find the question in a search engine?...
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Option to display diffs of the Markdown source, not the rendered text

Consider the following example: https://stackoverflow.com/posts/3544794/revisions It is very hard to tell what Quintin changed here. He actually added a link. It would be nice if it were possible ...
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Quote formatting with Ctrl+Q puts the > in annoying places [duplicate]

If I paste in a quote and press Ctrl + Q it will apply quote formatting like so: "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore ...
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Extend comment “magic links” syntax to allow arbitrary link text

The magic links are awesome. How much more awesome would it be to be able to make a comment linking to one of the URLs covered by a magic link, but with custom text? Since the square-bracket link ...
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Unable to force Python syntax-highlighting

I have asked a question related to web2py—an open-source Python web-framework—that includes a code snippet. Unfortunately it didn't syntax highlight by default, so—following the docs—I added the ...
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Auto-detection of non-indented code

By far the most common edit that I have to make in SO is to correct newbie users who don't know how to format their code. This got me thinking: is there a way to automatically recognize when a post ...
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Markdown rendering font weirdly [closed]

While looking at a close review item, this looked rather weird: So I took a look at it on the question, and it didn't look the same: Here's the edit page: Is this a bug?
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Inline quote possible [duplicate]

Is there a way to do a quote: like so inline similar to code block? While attempting, > This doesn't work > or > this < I want to bring attention to my inline quote, and I don't feel ...
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Warn tag wiki excerpt creators/editors that markup/links don't work in excerpts

I ran across another tag wiki excerpt suggested edit that had put markdown for a hyperlink in the excerpt (actually it already had them, it just modified it). So I rejected the edit, then waited until ...
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Is there a way to change the color of text in a question?

I just asked this question: SSRS 2008 partial string formatting. The first answer I got totally missed the point of the question (that answer is now deleted). I think my question would have been ...
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Underline text in Stack Overflow wiki editor [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why can we format text with bold and italic but sideline the underline? How can I underline text in my questions in Stack Overflow?? This is important for me to format object ...
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Chat adds arbitrary semicolon for no apparent reason [duplicate]

Go to chat Write "like http://xkcd.com" Wait a few moments for the submission to go through Resulting text is: I tried a few variations and, as long as the URL is within a quoted passage, and some ...
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Avoid or format `backticks` in titles

I see more and more titles with backticks in the title (like mine here)... For example: Parse div `data` into JavaScript function (renamed by Bart meanwhile) Is this a good practice? I guess not ...
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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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How can we display additional spaces using markdown?

https://stackoverflow.com/posts/6220514/revisions How do I do a multi-line string in node.js? I tried to make these characters: [var str = "Some \ ] show as having a space at the end without the ...
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Automatic “possible duplicate” message strips “http://” from duplicate title

I noticed something when this question was closed as a duplicate of this one: Is it valid to replace http:// with // in a <script src=“…”>? The "possible duplicate" ...
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Include Markdown post bodies in the data dump

I want to get the StackOverflow data dump in Markdown Format, for testing markdown sharp on real content. Could this please be added to the data dump? Edit: the dump body of this post: StackApps ...
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<kbd> elements are not hidden in a spoilers block

Recently noticed the following: Is it intentional to have <kbd> text visible inside spoilers markdown? Image for future reference:
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Stack Exchange automatically changing and breaking code when link updated?

I just asked Multiline entries in custom toc. During editing I deleted an image and uploaded a new one. During this process the site automatically adjusted the numbers of links, [1], [2], etc. ...
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Code detection heuristics for possible link-only answers should be a little bit smarter

This answer came up on my radar. The first thing I noticed about it was its inappropriate use of inline code formatting for something that is not code. Naturally, I tried to edit it:    ...
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The editor's link functionality illegaly changes content inside code blocks [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Adding a new link to a post messes up the code already present in the post When adding / changing links in a post via the editor's "Hyperlink" button, the editor may renumber ...
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Add the “notranslate” class to code blocks

As pointed out in the question "How to make users aware that they're reading translated content?", some users navigate with auto-translation turned on. In principle I don't see it as a big problem, ...
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Markdown code block problem

I asked a question on StackOverflow recently and had trouble with the MarkDown processor: the code block would not render as code despite being indented four spaces. I've not had this trouble before; ...
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Is there a page that explains how inline code spans should and should not be used?

I have done some reviews of new user's questions recently, and I noticed that most of these posts do not use inline code spans (e.g., "the main() method", "the HelloWorld class") - the things ...
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How do I format a backslash as code with backticks in comments?

I'm trying to write a single backslash in a comment as code formatted by backtick. Like this: `\` but it escapes the backtick and doesn't close the "inline code block". I've read Backslash escaped ...
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Preventing word-breaking in flowed paragraphs

In questions and answers, I would sometimes like to keep a whole string together, to avoid what's happening to the string [![:print:]] here: Is there a trick to avoid breaking a short string? In ...
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Implement an API call to display LaTeX as inline image

One can use https://chart.googleapis.com/chart?cht=tx&chl= + LaTeX formula as URL for an image to display formulae, e.g. this (credit goes to Vortico for his comment on the Physics proposal at ...
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Why is the “About me” field in a profile not Markdown enabled?

If you have such a good way to do formatting in questions/answers why isn't it used for the "about me" section on the profile page? It looks easy to make and adds just a little bit more consistency.
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Attempting to space out multi-level lists causes mis-alignment of child elements

Say I'm entering a list, like so: * Item 1 * SubItem 1a * SubItem 1b * Item 2 * SubItem 2a * SubItem 2b As you'd expect, this results in: Item 1 SubItem 1a SubItem 1b Item 2 SubItem 2a ...
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How to post comment with multiple spaces in it?

I know how to do that in question or answer post. But how do I write a comment post which contains multiple spaces? I want to write this in a comment: print ("string") I tried: Using ``, but ...
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Link text over 70 characters fail to render in comments

I was trying to make a comment like this When you are banned from asking questions then you should read [what-can-i-do-when-getting-sorry-we-are-no-longer-accepting-questions-answers] (https://meta....
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Inconsistencies in the rendering of lists

Can some of these inconsistencies be remedied? http://meta.stackoverflow.com behaves differently (somewhat less reasonable I'd say). I posted a twin question there. Note the differences. == demo ...