Someone showed me (by editing my question for me) how to make some of your

text show up grey to show it is code.

Now I need to know how to do it in a comment.


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I was using the wrong character. I thought the directions said to use the apostrophe character ( ' ) but they said to use the backtick character ( ` ) which was a subtle difference that I wasn't catching.

Now I can present console input/output in comments.

  • Now I just need to figure out how to migrate this to meta, as recommended by @pomsky.
    – XqRG
    Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 12:40
  • It won't let me accept the answer for two days. Do I just wait or does someone else need to accept it now on my behalf?
    – XqRG
    Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 12:42
  • Everyone needs to wait two days before they can accept their own answer.
    – karel
    Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 12:45
  • Thank you for editing my answer, @karel. Good improvement.
    – XqRG
    Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 12:47
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    Please keep in mind that the purpose of this format is not to achieve "grey background" but to provide a means to present console input/output.
    – guntbert
    Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 20:54
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    I'm a semi-literate computer user, but I had never heard of a "backtick" until I had this problem. I did my due diligence and looked up the formating rules in the help forum, but it would never work for me since I was using the apostrophe. In an international forum where lots of English words have different meanings, there might be an advantage to being more precise and expressly stating that the character is a backtick but is not an apostrophe. My two cents.
    – XqRG
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 11:53

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