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Is there a functional purpose to putting things in code text here?

Fellow member @SteveC has been doing diligent work editing questions and answers to put the names of Dungeons & Dragons terms into code text: from Toughness to ...
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MathJax (\$\LaTeX\$ in posts) is live!

We have MathJax In this meta we discussed, requested, and gathered evidence for the utility of MathJax in RPG.SE posts. Now it's time to use MathJax For those familiar with LaTeX it will likely ...
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Are Markdown tables superior to MathJax arrays for accessibility?

Tables are really rough on screenreaders and other consumers of web accessibility features. Getting them right is an art, one I have practiced a bit professionally, though I remain a novice. The ...
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Is the accusation that smallcaps significantly hurts my question's software compatibility well founded?

An edit was suggested to my recent Polaris question. The edit reason was: replace the weird font tricks with regular characters, for search engine and translation software compatibility I ...
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Is there a style guide for posts?

I understand editing questions for clarity, but is there a style guide somewhere for Questions and Answers, detailing things like "These things should be italic, these should be bolded, ...
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Is formatting more important than content on StackExchange answers for initial votes?

So I know this site isn't a wiki site and probably not a good place to come for knowledge, but I don't know of any good wiki sites for gray area 5e (D&D 5th ed.) stuff and Google Search brings up ...
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We have CommonMark

Just thought I’d let everyone know that the SE-network rolling migration to CommonMark has landed at RPG. You can see that link for more details, but for the most part you should expect no real ...
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Posting "shortcuts" to make my posts look more professional?

I'm new here, but I am already addicted to reading and answering questions. I am predominantly on my phone. How can I beef up my posts? I recently learned about using ...
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MathJax guide for RPG.SE: How to format pretty tables and equations?

There are strong reasons to prefer Markdown tables to MathJax discussed in this meta, please take a look there before deciding to use MathJax tables on RPG.SE For a more exhaustive tutorial please ...
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Images in headings should have no bottom margin

See this answer revision: the images are floating above the heading's text-bottom line. This is caused by images having a margin-bottom: 0.5em. This declaration ...
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Can we get back the orange quote formatting?

I've just noticed today that the quote box is not orange, but grey instead. And it's less noticeable. It seems dull. At these times we need to color our world with hope. Can we get back the old ...
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Really specific formatting issue with bulleted lists

Here's what happens in a bulleted list that also has subbullets when a bullet's text continues after a subbullet: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor ...
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Should question titles be formatted as a question?

It kind of rubs me the wrong way when I see a question posted with a title that's not actually a (properly formatted) question. Mild example: Pack Flanking on non Hunter Character? Worse: Reversing ...
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Are abbreviations/acronyms preferred?

I was reading this Question, and notice there are ton of acronyms in it. As someone not super familiar with every released book for 5E, it made the question hard to read and I had to google a few of ...
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What's wrong with my quotation marks and apostrophes?

About an hour ago, I asked a question on rpg.stackexchange. As many times before, my question was edited by another user. I am always thankful when someone goes to the bother of cleaning up my messy ...
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Is this a bug in the spoiler quote rendering?

I was writing this question about what Mordenkainen's main school of magic would be when I encountered a problem with how it was rendering spoiler quotes. If I nest a blockquote (using the HTML <...
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Is there a way to test posts or formatting?

The other day I saw a recommendation from Eddymage on how to include special characters using MathJax. Like this: $$ ^\dagger $$ I have no experience with MathJax, and wanted to experiment how that ...
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Images of Magic: The Gathering symbols make text render ugly on mobile site

This answer to a question about which colors correspond to which colleges in the D&D 5e book Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos includes numerous images of the 5 colored mana symbols from Magic: ...
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How can we use bold/italics inside MathJax tables?

In this Q&A, it is shown that we can use MathJax to create tables (see this answer in particular). However, as I attempt to use it, I find myself unable to add the text formatting I wish to use. ...
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Is there a formatting guide around using code markup that must be followed?

I've taken to when I reference page numbers, using code formatting to make it more evident, but different from normal emphasis. Especially since code formatting isn't really utilized on this SE. It'...
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Spoiler quotes aren't rendering correctly

I was trying to edit this question, as it contains spoilers: What happens in Curse of Strahd if the players destroy Strahd's coffin or prevent him from returning to it? I was just trying to hide ...
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How do I link Player's Handbook passages to my post?

How do I link or copy/paste the Player's Handbook passages to my post?
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The nested list formatting doesn't seem to work and isn't part of the official documentation

Official documentation here I'm not sure how to make nested lists work. It looks like the provided syntax shouldn't work, because it conflicts with code-spans (also signaled by 4 space indenting). ...
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Can we have smallcaps?

So, fake smallcaps are bad, and SE doesn't have real ones. Do we want real ones? I assume the increased page lag would be comparable to the overhead increase we got when we implemented MathJax (or ...
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How to format a side-by-side comparison table? [duplicate]

I was thinking about asking one question, but to do so would require me to show my research so far, and that research would be best presented as a table of features, having similar features in same ...
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Should the About, FAQs and Formatting be highlighted better?

I know that getting users to read About, FAQs or the Formatting page is not something that will ever be guaranteed, but at the same time I feel that the layout/lack of highlighting of these areas of ...
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What is the clearest way to format links to D&D Beyond alongside quoted rules?

In the 5e part of this site there's a heavy emphasis on rules quotes. What is the clearest way to quote rules? Option 1 (link then quote)
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Should answers be like essays or newspapers

Right now I write my answers sort of like essays: the answer has a thesis, generally present somewhere in the first text block, and the most answer-y portions of the answer occur in the first and ...
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Is it good practice to highlight proper nouns in code tags? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a functional purpose to putting things in code text here? SteveC is editing a lot of other users' questions and answers to put the names of books, place names and ...
Joe Dovahkiin's user avatar
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Brackets in question titles

This question includes brackets in its title: Do the relevant stats of a creature summoned via a "Summon [Creature Type]"-style spell change, if your stats change after you summoned it? I ...
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Should post formatting be extended to include standard XML formats from tools?

There are tools that output (somewhat) standard formats formats for things like characters and monsters/mobs. DnD4.0 being a good example. Who it be 1) use-appropriate for to allow this and 2) ...
F. Randall Farmer's user avatar
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Format errors in Stack Exchange syntax?

I first noticed in a chat message I sent yesterday but now it's more irritatingly present in a comment: something's up with formatting on messages? There's also a question I read today (perhaps ...
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Formatting Bug with superscripted text being ignored?

in a recent answer, I used the following (simplified) code snippet: ...
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