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SteveC is editing a lot of other users' questions and answers to put the names of books, place names and races in backticks, which highlights them like this.

Is this a good idea? Should we ask him to stop?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Check out my question, linked above. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jadasc
    May 24, 2012 at 20:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks. I've answered there and voted to close my question as a duplicate. \$\endgroup\$ May 24, 2012 at 21:25

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I'm not a big user here, but here's my two cents:

I could see highlighting certain specific game terms, when they are a big deal to the overall context of the post. Like, I dunno, highlighting class abilities for D&D 3/4 does make the text a bit more readable in some ways. It sorta stops you a little and says, "Here, here is the thing you should look up." Actual links to some kind of reference thingy would be preferable, though.

It seems absolutely pointless to highlight fictional place names.

Coming here without any foreknowledge of the site's style, seeing lots and lots of highlight text in one paragraph was really jarring and didn't really make the text easier to read.


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