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#152348 24-Sep-2014 07:01
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Something I think we've all had to battle with is geekzone's whacky commenting system. BBCode itself is wordy, but workable - but the real problem is when you copy something in from somewhere else - and it has bloody HTML tags attached to it. Tables, font sizes, etc get 'stuck' to clumps of text, and the best way to get it out is to paste your stuff into notepad and the copy it back out of there. (Alternatively, edit the source code of your comment and delete the tags manually - advanced users only! Yuck.) Another issue is the incomplete pallet of buttons for things like code blocks and quoting.

I propose a fresh start based on markdown. The comment textbox would be strictly plain-text only, with all formatting and html stripped on paste - like most textboxes. Markdown provides a gloriously simple syntax already familiar to millions of users of Github and Stack Overflow. There are about 2 billion implementations in everything from Ada to Brainfu**. If you're unfamiliar, check out this example:

(Oh wow look at this link extending on forever without any intervention from me).
Basically, if I have to type




again instead of >, I'm going to cry.

Of course, I'm aware this is likely a very big undertaking, and to avoid upsetting current users, it would have to be optional. I just hope you'll keep this in mind for when there is a major software upgrade. Thanks.

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  #1135164 24-Sep-2014 07:04
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Have to second to this.

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  #1135186 24-Sep-2014 07:48
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Greek to me :p

Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.

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