We use the dollar sign link for code and the " for quotes right, Why am I seeing code formated as quotes? One example is this answer https://askubuntu.com/posts/146792/revisions

I have heard that some don't like how it looks, But it looks that way on purpose, It's mono-space so we can tell where the spaces are, and the font so we can tell the difference between certain letters and numbers


Code/Formated/as/quote oO0 1 IL il /\| some example of characters with code formated /sda/bin/abcde/bcda/bin.bin quote and it wraps around even when you don't have a break in text makes it confusing.

Code/Formated/as/code oO0 1 IL il /\| some example of characters with code formated as code and scrolls
And maintains the lines and you can see spaces clearly.

What is the proper way to format code?

  • Sorry, that annoyed me too much, had to change it :) Commented Jun 5, 2012 at 15:03
  • Sure thing, code is now formated as code.
    – Mateo
    Commented Jun 5, 2012 at 15:06
  • Here is another example, this one is not from a new user, askubuntu.com/posts/146633/revisions
    – Mateo
    Commented Jun 5, 2012 at 15:10
  • @mateo_salta sorry il keep that in mind.
    – Ashu
    Commented Jun 5, 2012 at 15:49
  • Could there possibly be an automated script to find quotes and inline code based on key words and put it in a list to be reviewed by users?
    – nanofarad
    Commented Jun 5, 2012 at 20:43

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It's incorrect. Fix it when you see it. Also new users tend to put a dollar sign too

$ do this command

but our style here is no $, so usually I do them both at once.

  • awesome, I meant the little links for formating in my question, the "img" for images the " for quotes, ect. , but I have also seen the $ happen too, so good point.
    – Mateo
    Commented Jun 5, 2012 at 15:44
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    Yeah, I've seen novices type/paste the $ sign into the Terminal, a number of times. I have prewritten text I use as the edit summary when I edit a post to remove them: removed leading $ because it is confusing to someone new to the command-line ("Do I type that?") and superfluous to the experienced However, in some instances the $ is the only thing telling the reader that the text is supposed to be entered on the command-line. In these situations, further editing is required when removing it (but this editing is necessary anyway because $ doesn't mean anything to many users). Commented Jun 5, 2012 at 17:22
  • I only use $ on the first line of a multi-line paste showing the output from some command. If that's not ok, alternatives?
    – ish
    Commented Jun 6, 2012 at 11:48
  • @izx I think that when you're pasting code that actually contains $ as part of a prompt, that's fine. But I don't recommend providing instructions just by pasting blocks of text from a Terminal in which they have been followed. That's sometimes good as an example, but for instructions, just the commands that people run should be provided (and those without a leading $). It's often not sufficiently explanatory to just list the commands people should run, one after another, but when it isn't, the solution is to include prose (often in between) explaining things. Commented Jun 7, 2012 at 17:35

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