Questions tagged [formatting]

This tag is for questions about writing style and format pertinent to any aspect of the site's use. (See also: the [markdown] tag.)

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does this question have too much quoted text?

On this question Vampire Discipline to disbelieve in sunlight, stakes, etc?, there is a large block of source book text quoted. As per this Meta question What constitutes copyright infringement?, it ...
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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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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 ...
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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 rpg.sx to allow this and 2) ...
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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 ...