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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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