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An attempt to add real-time previewing for comments

Screenshot About When writing a comment with a lot of formatting, especially one containing formulas, I often found myself pasting it into the "new answer" editor at the bottom of the page to see if ...
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Formatting Sandbox

Basically the same as Formatting Sandbox in Meta Stack Exchange, but since this and Statistical Analysis are the only two sites (I know) supporting $\TeX$ formatting, I believe we also need one here ...
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How do I insert a table when asking a question?

I'm having a hard time to insert a table here when I'm asking a question. Any help would be appreciated. Also, is there any, not too expensive, math programs that allow me to enter math terms and ...
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Is using blockquote for highlighting problematic?

I want to ask whether using blockquote for the purpose of highlighting some part of a post is discouraged and whether it can cause some problems for users viewing the question? Example: Is using ...
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How to start new line on MSE?

Suppose I am writing something like- "Not only will two students need to raise a baby together, but they will need to do so while living together for two weeks#. Two weeks of Lane Evans and Dawn ...
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Re: Spoiler space?

In this question here the OP asks for hints for a problem rather than a full proof. Proof of subfactorial formula $!n = n!- \sum_{i=1}^{n} {{n} \choose {i}} \quad!(n-i)$ Now, while I would like to ...
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Links / URLs containing special characters are not recognized by markdown

In this answer, I linked to some page within the Wolfram alpha site, and the links did not appear. For example, I will try to link the last word in this sentence. Here is the URL I was trying to link ...
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How do you cite a reference in a comment?

If I want to quote a reference in an answer on this site, I use the syntax [Here][1] followed at the end of the answer by ...
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Numbers after paragraph breaks turn into 1's

Numbers after paragraph breaks all turn to 1. Number 1 in the list. paragraph break 2 in list.. or is it? paragraph break <- I swear I labelled this 3.. paragraph break some characters 4. A ...
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Italics/emphasized text not working after a mathematical formula

In this post over here: Convergence of Series of Functions i have noticed an error. When i put * a * the text doesn't turn italic, but its remaining the same. Not sure whats problem.
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Links in spoilers aren't hidden

An answer today caught my attention: https://math.stackexchange.com/a/2185406/62967 Here's an image of what I see with Safari 10.0.3 (with Firefox 52.0 it's the same): The link in the spoiler is not ...
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Blockquote button interaction with MathJax

Here is a bug which has bitten me a few times now. Suppose I type something like ...
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Using [tag:] markup in posts creates an ugly gap between lines

Using [tag:] markup in posts on (meta.)math.SE creates an ugly and unnecessary gap between the current and the following line of text. For example, see the ...
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Mathjax/markdown issue

I tried to leave the following comment, and had a problem: For any $a,b\in [0,x)$: $a\vee b$ exists. Namely, $a\vee b=max\{a,b\}$. You might be asking about when directed sets are complete? It ...
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How to format links in comments

I wonder how to provide nice links in comments, similar to the links in the question/answers. I tried <a href="link">link description</a> and ...
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How to go to the next line in comments?

When I write a comment, I don't know how to go to the next line because if I press Enter button It will submit the comment.
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Escape brackets in titles of questions when voting to close as a duplicate [duplicate]

When you vote to close a question as a duplicate, the software automatically puts a comment looking like Possible duplicate of [Duplicate title](Duplicate link).. ...
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Multiline hidden text

For some questions, you think the user might learn more if you don't let them read the entire proof right away. So you use But I never managed to get a multiline one. Just like the quote block, it ...
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How to include a link in the text?

I'd like to share a link in a comment/question/answer hiding the link to some paper and showing instead the title, how can one do this? Thanks.
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Can We Have Links in Tags?

In a recent comment correspondence between Jack D'Aurizo, SimplyBeautifulArt, and myself, it was asked whether one can put links in a tag. A quick and naive test fails, as such: $$\text{Direct Link} \...
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MarkDown quirk, including square brackets in link text of Comment

I recognized this Question as duplicate to one with square brackets in its title (unsurprisingly, since the Q is about irreducible polynomials over $\mathbb{Z}_2$). The auto link from my vote-to-...
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How does one typeset accent marks outside of math mode?

My apologies for this very basic question. How does one typeset accent marks outside of LaTeX math mode? For example, on this question both Derek Jennings and I cite papers from Paul Erdos. ...
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How to use `[tag:tag-name]` for tags of the meta site?

We have two tags with identical names on main and meta: (main:computer-science) and (meta:computer-science) For main tags one can use [tag:computer-science] , i....
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How can I make separate sentences or paragraphs?

Hello I am new to Stackexchange and I'm trying to learn how to make separate sentences, paragraphs and to write proper math script. So, everytime I try to make a paragraph or separate 2 sentences ...
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Can bounty description use MathJax and MarkDown?

When offering a bounty, it is possible to add a custom message. Does this message has to be plain text? Or can we use similar formatting as in the posts? (I.e., MathJax for mathematics, Markdown for ...
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TeX math interacts with italic and bold formatting

In this answer, I noticed a math bug that looks like an interaction between the parser and the TeX system. When you have a word that starts with math and then has italics or bold later, the italics or ...
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How to include my codes in a blue box?

I want to bring a code in my question. I've seen this link, but I didn't find any solution here. How to include my codes in a blue box?
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Linebreaks in comments don't seem to be working

The help page says: End a line with two spaces to add a <br/> linebreak But I did that in my comment here and I do not see any sort of break. What's ...
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Problem with formatting two hidden grey boxes, one after the other

In this answer, I used two hidden grey boxes, one after the other. However, I had some trouble getting them to format probably. If you write ...
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How to indent text and make indents

In my answer to this question I wanted to break the lines to improve readability and indent some of the lines. The only way I could find to indent the lines was to use \quad Hitting one return doesn'...
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Escaping in comments

Slightly off-topic, but this did came up... Can someone manage to type \\ in a comment?
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How to color a sentence?

[Question edited on 5/28/16] I have read this link. But I still don't understand how to color the text a sentence. Can one actually do that? Could anyone give an example for coloring the text? a ...
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Less-than signs and previews

If I write $m<n$ in a question, the preview sees the less-than and interprets it as the begining of an XML tag. I have to write it as an HTML entity to get ...
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Markdown for obtaining the question title from URL

From time to time, I want to cite another thread on MSE inside a comment using an inline link. E.g. See the thread Cross product: matrix transformation identity. In other words, I'll format a link ...
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Why does auto-numbering take over my numbering?

I am numbering the following list from zero to three: This is numbered zero. This is numbered one. This is numbered two. This is numbered three. Why does it show up as numbered one through four in ...
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Markdown doesn't recognize URLs with non-ascii characters

I tried to link to the Wikipedia article on Möbius transformations, at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Möbius_transformation, using the markdown ...
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Math markup, diagrams, etc. — pointers please

Feeling a bit dumb as I plunge into math.stackexchange.com after many years away from the world of mathematics, but can somebody please provide a very quick tutorial -- list of reference pointers ...
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How to quote and link in a comment

Is there any easy way to quote in a comment? You can quote in a question or an answer easily. Just put ">" in front of the quoted statements. However, this does not work in a comment. Similarly you ...
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Creating a Hyperlink in a Comment Box

I am not sure if this has been asked before. Could anyone teach me how to create a hyperlink in a comment box? Posting URL's (especially those that are very long) seems to be a very ugly way of ...
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Italicising part of a word?

Is there a way to italicise part of a work? I wanted to write *un*sure, but this doesn't work because the "un" is part of the word. However, un-sure works. Is there a better way? EDIT: I wanted to ...
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Align text to right

Today when I saw a question, I laughed. ...
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How to write a line through text? [duplicate]

How to write a line through text or words ? Like the \underline{} in latex but in the middle the line, to indicate something is wrong.
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Problem with unpaired [] in math mode in comments [duplicate]

The following text is typeset correctly in a post, but it seems to be broken when posted in a comment. (Markdown somehow interprets left [ as beginning of a hyperlink). ...
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Carets stop hyperlinks working.

The caret symbol, ^, stops hyperlinks working, a phenomenon usually seen in links to Wolfram Alpha. The [description](hyperlink) form: this works, produced by [this works](http://wolframalpha.com/...
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Why doesn't [link description](URL) work for me in the comments?

I've posted a comment here: The $55$-th IMO, problem $1$ And it doesn't display the format [link description](link URL) properly. What is wrong?
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Spurious indentation in preformatted code [duplicate]

In this post I pasted some R code: > r <- eigen(A) > V <- r$vectors > lam <- r$values > Lmbd <- diag(lam) This was entered as but at the ...
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How are **bold** and *italics* presented in comments?

I have tried using $<b>bold</b>$ and $<i>italics</i>$ with and without the dollar signs and neither seems to work in comments. Although that is what I have seen trying to look ...
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When should I use “>” for writing?

I saw that some people use the ">" for writing in stackexchange. For example, a post will appear as follows: I love math. When should I use ">" for writing? Can someone help me? Thanks.
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How can I add spacing to my answer here?

I posted an answer here to a question and point number 2 of my answer seems too long. I would like to break it into separate paragraphs. However everytime I try to do this it breaks the numbering ...
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Including supplemental code inside a markdown comment

Is there a way to include supplemental code in a math.se post, without necessarily displaying the code as part of an answer - perhaps, as a comment in the markdown itself? For example, we often see ...