bbcode vs. Markdown
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Nov 12, 2014, 11:04 pm
What do you guys think about using Markdown instead of BBCode on the forum?
We're all used to BBCode but I think Markdown is more intuitive, especially for people who aren't into coding as much
For example to italicize, you simply *use asterisks*
For lists all you have to do is
* like bullets
Nov 12, 2014, 11:33 pm
I'm all for Markdown. Besides being more intuitive it simply requires fewer keystrokes (eg. **bold** vs [b ]bold[/b]). Also, I can never get used to BBCode hyperlinks, but Markdown hyperlinks are as easy as [text](http://link
The only thing I don't like about Markdown is that when you make numbered lists it always starts from 1 regardless of how you actually numbered it, but that certainly isn't a deal breaker.
Nov 13, 2014, 8:05 am
Looks good, another vote for Markdown.
Nov 13, 2014, 8:54 am
Markdown looks pretty and intuitive. Another vote!
Nov 13, 2014, 5:23 pm
Yep, I can get behind moving to Markdown.
Aug 30, 2015, 6:16 pm
Alright, I made the switch to Markdown
Old posts are still parsed as BBCode.
Additionally, if you quote a BBCode post, your post will also be in BBCode to avoid formatting issues. Eventually as old posts stop being quoted, everything will be in Markdown.
There are some CSS things I need to fix, e.g. quotes are huge:
> Abraham Lincoln said:
Markdown also doesn't support a lot of the formatting that BBCode did:
- text alignment
- text colors
- font sizes (you can use h1-h6 headers, but nothing for smaller fonts, and again the CSS for headers is messed up)
- videos and spoilers
I think we can do without underline and text alignment. I can probably hack the rest but wanted everyone to try out Markdown first and make sure we wanted to switch before wasting time on it.
So let's all give it a try for a couple weeks and see what everyone thinks.
Aug 30, 2015, 6:33 pm
Also note that, unlike strict Markdown, single line breaks are allowed, and raw HTML is disabled
Aug 30, 2015, 10:41 pm
My main concern is that Markdown won't work well for certain forum-related things like quotes and spoilers.
Lines that start with > are quotes, but it gets weird when trying to attribute that quote to a user and post.
Looks like Stackoverflow uses >! to signify a spoiler, I'll see if I can add that on.
Aug 31, 2015, 7:35 am
So what the new thing does becouse i'm too lazy to read everything
Aug 31, 2015, 11:44 am
> [Aleksanderus](/users/Aleksanderus) said:
> So what the new thing does becouse i'm too lazy to read everything
It's the text formatting for posts. The bold, italic, etc. toolbar is a lot smaller now, and the text is formatted differently.
Bold in BBCode:
Bold in Markdown:
Aug 31, 2015, 11:48 am
> [capristo](/users/capristo) said:
> > [Aleksanderus](/users/Aleksanderus) said:
> > So what the new thing does becouse i'm too lazy to read everything
> It's the text formatting for posts. The bold, italic, etc. toolbar is a lot smaller now, and the text is formatted differently.
> Bold in BBCode:
> Bold in Markdown:
Oh OK thanks!
Aug 31, 2015, 11:57 am
^ That's a good example of the weirdness of Markdown. Even with the single line breaks enabled, you have to leave 2 line breaks after a quote, otherwise it assumes the text following the quote is part of the quote
Aug 31, 2015, 12:10 pm
> [capristo](/users/capristo) said:
> ^ That's a good example of the weirdness of Markdown. Even with the single line breaks enabled, you have to leave 2 line breaks after a quote, otherwise it assumes the text following the quote is part of the quote
Hmm... i don't know what to think about it. I mean it looks good but there are less options when writing and sometimes weird things like that^ happens
Aug 31, 2015, 2:12 pm
I think Markdown is meant to be easier to type manually, rather than typing out HTML tags or mousing over to the format buttons.
Testing line break
>Line break in quote
>Double break in quote
Outside of quote again.
Sep 1, 2015, 12:29 am
While I've never minded manually typing bbcode, I happen to end up doing a lot of stuff manually, soo
Oct 11, 2015, 11:28 am
What do you guys think so far? Markdown doesn't seem great for some stuff like quoting and colors