I have a plain ascii text that I would like to post by simple copy paste in math SE but my ascii text is interpreted differently. I would like to be able to ask my question in simple ascii, how shall I do it ?

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  • $\begingroup$ You're probably using symbols from Markup and MathJax. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jun 19 '16 at 22:25
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    $\begingroup$ Although it was intended for preparation of long posts requiring elaborate MathJax/$\LaTeX$ markup, you might be interested in trying out your post in the sandbox thread. $\endgroup$ – hardmath Jun 20 '16 at 2:27
  • $\begingroup$ ASCII is a character mapping - I think you mean raw text $\endgroup$ – noɥʇʎԀʎzɐɹƆ Jun 21 '16 at 22:47

When you indent the text with 4 spaces it will be presented verbatim:

This is rendered as is $x$ – nothing renders.

If you have many lines, it could be a pain to indent each. Thus, at first do not indent them. Then highlight the entire block and press the button {}, or press Crtl-K.

Or use <pre> and </pre> at the beginning and end, respectively.

For shorter sequences that you do not want to be rendered, you can include them in backticks.

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