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Should we fix backticks?

I would still like to look into doing this, because it is tedious in the extreme to edit every single instance of misused backticks into italics, and because almost no one ever fixes these. Therefore ...
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Proposal to add small-capitals formatting directive

I propose that a new formatting directive be added to access the font’s small capitals. For example, <smcaps>some text</smcaps> would work, but I encourage discussion on any syntactic ...
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Election candidate statistics overlap candidate's user card, plus sprite CSS problem

There is a display problem on the current election page. Information overlaps the "user card" and hurts legibility. Compare (bad):           To better from the current ...
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Measuring typographical emphasis: the “lawler” and “lawler weight”

RegDwighт said: @Robusto wow, that's formatting to the max. Bold and italics and monospaced and in quotes. John has outlawlered himself.¹ It occurs to me that this is something we can measure. I ...
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About formatting ellipses

So there is a debate about how to edit ellipses in posts on the site. This has come to a head in this latest post. Here is what needs to be decided as an official policy so that we don't end up with ...
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Is there a way to write an "empty field"?

It is quite common (especially in the single-word-request tag) to want an "empty field" for example phrases: "Having children of my own ________ me" Since markdown uses underscores for formatting, ...
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How do I underline in this forum?

I am trying to post a quote as part of a question. The quote includes a portion of a sentence that is underlined and I can't see how to do that here. It isn't under Styling/Headers, and I've tried [u]...
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Review page instructions overflow their box

I just took a look at, and there's an oops:
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What's the best way to format quotes within quotes?

If the source you are quoting itself contains a quote, how would do you format it? You can double up the greater-than signs (>>), but I don't find this sort of double quote clear or pleasing on ...
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Is MLA on-topic?

There seems to be a general consensus that questions (like this one) which ask about how to fit your text within MLA (or other stylebooks) are off-topic, since both 'what MLA mandates' and 'the way ...
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Is there a way for formatting my questions and answers?

Other people have such beautifully formatted questions and answers, and I have to do it basic HTML. Are there any special keys you have to use in order to have a 'touched up' post? and can someone ...
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Citing sources of sentences

This question was recently asked “She ran… , her nose pressed against the glass” Are the actions simultaneous or consecutive?. Edwin Ashworth (correctly in my opinion) asked the OP for surrounding ...
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