Well, I edit a lot. But you don't use this or this or this to show important system/machine details like what ubuntu or package you want to install. Is there something you could use for that?

  • For packages, use code format please. Otherwise, use italics. However, going crazy with excessive formatting and similar is a really good way to get your edits rejected. Assume that the person will actually read your answer instead of just skimming it.
    – Kaz Wolfe
    Feb 8, 2017 at 0:14

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You are asking how to mark important parts.
In HTML we have <em> for emphasis which is by default rendered as italics.

So I usually use italics (preferable markdown: *italics*) to put emphasis on something.


Well, when it comes to Markdown for package names, I highly encourage users to check out my Ask Ubuntu Toolbar Buttons UserScript. It adds four buttons to the toolbar:

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The second button prompts you for a package name and then generates a nice, fancy-looking link like the one below:

roundcube-plugins Install roundcube-plugins http://hostmar.co/software-small

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    Shameless plug is shameless.
    – Kaz Wolfe
    Feb 1, 2017 at 22:12
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    Hey, totally acceptable as long as I disclose my affiliation (which I did). Feb 1, 2017 at 22:17

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