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I get the need to separate comments from answers, but I don't get why you can not use paragraphs in the comments. Bring good grammar to comments!! (Please?)

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  • Why has this received a negative vote? Is the question invalid in some way?
    – Mild Fuzz
    Commented Sep 30, 2010 at 8:04

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I don't think paragraph formating should be allowed in comments. You shouldn't need it if you are using comments for there intended purpose. If you need more than 1 paragraph it should be an answer.

Some formatting options are allowed i comments.

  • **text** or __text__ = Bolding = text
  • *text* or _text_ = Italics = text
  • 'text'= Code Formatting = text
  • [example](http://example.com "title") Inline links with title and text
  • http://example.com plain old links
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  • Thank you for posting this! It took me forever to figure out how to do an inline link with text ...
    – EAMann
    Commented Sep 21, 2010 at 18:13
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    surely, whether or not a response is determined to be a comment or an answer should be decided by the content, and not grammatical structure or length?
    – Mild Fuzz
    Commented Sep 22, 2010 at 10:38
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The creators of this network of Q&A sites are always cautious about adding features that might encourage conversation instead of answering questions. "We don’t want Stack Overflow to turn into a social networking site for chatty cathys, so there’s only so far we will go in supporting pure conversation." Adding newlines to comments has been asked before and declined, and while I understand you (and sometimes want them too, certainly here on meta), I think we should not hope too much for them.

You can find much more discussion on the features of this site and others in the network on the general Stack Overflow Meta site.

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  • is this site not separate? can we not do things the way this community wants? (not that I am claiming any knowledge of the will of the community)
    – Mild Fuzz
    Commented Sep 21, 2010 at 10:21
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    @Mild Fuzz: All sites run from the same servers, and the same code. Currently, it is not possible to get server-side customizations for one site. Some sites get extra features via JavaScript files, but this is only in unusual circumstances. That would not help in this case, since the server strips the newlines.
    – Jan Fabry
    Commented Sep 21, 2010 at 11:49
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Hit Shift+Enter will give you a carriage return

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    Yes it will, but StackExchange will strip those carriage returns so they result is the same, unfortunately. Commented Sep 29, 2010 at 0:34

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