Why is it that we can use HTML markup and entities in questions but not in comments? Shouldn't they be the same?

Testing markdown here, italic, bold... well, that seems to work.

  • I'd be happy to help with any proposed 'fix' if needed.
    – koanhead
    Dec 4, 2010 at 23:13
  • <b>Testing 123</b>
    – 8128
    Dec 5, 2010 at 9:40
  • Hmm... I think some stuff works though. Dec 6, 2010 at 16:08
  • @fluteflute and OP: In order to get bold and italics, use double- and single- asterisks around the phrase instead of tags. A triple asterisk will give you bold and italicised (this works in questions, answers, and comments)
    – Jez W
    Jul 30, 2013 at 14:55

1 Answer 1


This is by design, probably to encourage people to have the content in questions and answers and not comments.

Reference: Allow HTML tags in comments

  • Thanks for the answer and the reference. I still wish that the markup (markdown?) was consistent between questions and comments. OTOH, maybe it is. I'll see if the markdown stuff works next time I post a question.
    – koanhead
    Dec 7, 2010 at 0:28
  • When leaving a comment I usually ask myself in the head "if it takes more than a few characters I should be updating my answers anyway" Dec 7, 2010 at 14:42

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