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Comments don't like multi-line code :/

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I was in the middle of doing something in Software Development CD and I've decided to make a comment thread regarding something from the answerer's quote.

I went writing a comment and added a multi-line code:

use gen-purp
func main() {
    char c = 'A';
    say(make_int(c));
}

Then I sent the comment, aaaaand: comments hate multi-line code.


No, seriously. It does.

I can't tell if this is a bug or by-design, so I'll leave it at that with the tags.

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When comments were all shown directly under the post with no way to collapse them, it made sense to restrict formatting that could make them take up a lot more vertical space. But (a) we do allow Mathjax (on communities that use it) and (b) comments are now threaded, so I think it makes sense to relax the restrictions.

I don't think we want to remove all restrictions -- and end up with fleshed-out answer buried in comments where most people will never see them -- but I'm sympathetic to allowing code blocks especially on code-based communities. Does it make sense to limit this beyond the length limit for the comment as a whole? What would be a reasonable balance?

(I suppose if somebody uses code formatting to make a 200-line comment just to be cute, a mod would delete the comment and perhaps have a discussion with the author.)

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General Sebast1an‭ wrote over 1 year ago:

Does it make sense to limit this beyond the length limit for the comment as a whole? What would be a reasonable balance?

I don't think you need to make the limit go even further in many cases. All I want is support for multi-line code blocks.

Monica Cellio‭ wrote over 1 year ago:

I didn't mean to suggest increasing the limit. If you type 500 characters as text, it's a certain size that people have grown used to. With code blocks, a comment could plausibly be 2-3 times as tall. is that a problem or is that ok? The typical case of a few lines of code seems reasonable to me, but what if it's 20 very short lines? 50 lines of APL one or two characters per line? Should we have any limits and, if so, what? I'm not saying we should; I'm asking what folks want.

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