I recently wrote an answer in which I wanted to callout text that wasn't a quote. I wanted it to clearly standout from the rest of the answer. However, it seems there isn't a way to distinguish visually a quote from other called out text. We do have a code block which could do that, but when I did that in my answer it was edited out as not being an approrpiate use of the format. (What is a code block used for in RPG.SE anyways?)
It would be helpful if we could create a "callout block", maybe using a >> syntax which would create a green or blue background instead of the yellow.
The first image has bold italics and regular text. There are two paragraphs in each picture which should stand out from the other text. Clearly in the second picture, those boxes take no effort to spot, while in the first picture, if you are scrolling quickly you might miss it.
There a number of use cases here, for a question and answer site.
- Giving contrary points of view within an answer.
- Calling attention to quotes vs asides
- Comparing rules from different games or editions.
- Highlighting a "short answer" from the longer answer which contains quotes.
Yes, the current tools allow you to do these things, but subtle predefined colors, do it better, allowing you to use bold and italics within the text blocks as well. You'll notice that in both images, some words are emphasized within the text itself, but the colored boxed ones are easier to spot without less mental effort.