Should BB Code and Markdown Be Combined for Post Editing?

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In summary, the conversation discusses the use of Markdown as a universal language for scientific and computer work, and how it may be beneficial to allow a combination of Markdown and BB code for post editing. However, others argue that this would only complicate things as BB code is already difficult to mix with Latex. Additionally, some point out that Markdown may not be suitable for forum posts and can cause issues with formatting symbols and links. Ultimately, it is up to the forum owner to decide whether to implement Markdown or not.
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michaellee8
Markdown is a somehow universal language to do some documentary work, especially for Science and Computer works. There are already forums like Stack Exchange that uses this way to provide more human-readable presentation of posts.
However, BB code used here is quite a specific markup that is intended for Forums usage, and hence not really portable and compatible with the scientific discussion here. Those BB codes are in fact quite hard to read if you ask me.
i believe allowing a combination of BB code and markdown for post editing could be great, what do you guys think?
 
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What functionality would that add above the BBCode and LaTeX mix we have here?
 
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  1. Support for more ways to write those documents
  2. Headers that is rendered with h1 h2 h3 etc.
  3. More readable source code since BB Code is a bit strange actually.
 
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michaellee8 said:
Support for more ways to write those documents

We have BBCode and Latex, people already mix them in unpredictable ways. Adding another layer will only make things worse. Such posts are often impossible to quote and sometimes they are erratically rendered which makes them unreadable.

Headers that is rendered with h1 h2 h3 etc.

I don't think I ever needed headers in a forum post. Forum is not a publishing platform.

More readable source code since BB Code is a bit strange actually.

For someone used to BB code same can be said about markdown.

Once it gets popular things may change (it will be in the end up to @Greg Bernhardt to decide), but at the moment the markdown plugin for xenforo is far on the list of plugin downloads. Yes, it gets popular in some places, No, I don't see how it is going to improve PF at the moment.
 
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This is a forum, and BBcode is used in most forums.

Markdown tends to over-interpret symbols used in formulas, especially *italics* when you want to write a*b*c, and links to WolframAlpha are a big mess because you have to escape every single closing bracket.
 

Related to Should BB Code and Markdown Be Combined for Post Editing?

1. What are BB Code and Markdown?

BB Code and Markdown are both formatting languages used for styling and organizing text on online platforms. BB Code stands for Bulletin Board Code and is commonly used on forums and message boards. Markdown is a lightweight markup language that is used on various websites and platforms, including GitHub and Reddit.

2. Why are some users suggesting combining BB Code and Markdown?

Some users believe that combining BB Code and Markdown would offer a more versatile and streamlined experience for post editing. As both languages have their own unique features and advantages, combining them could provide users with more options for formatting their posts.

3. What are the benefits of combining BB Code and Markdown?

Combining BB Code and Markdown could offer a more user-friendly experience for post editing, as users would not have to switch between languages. It could also provide a wider range of formatting options and make it easier for users to add images and other media to their posts.

4. Are there any potential drawbacks to combining BB Code and Markdown?

Some users may prefer one language over the other, and combining them could lead to confusion or frustration. Additionally, combining the two languages may require a significant amount of coding and development, which could be a time-consuming and costly process.

5. Is there a consensus among developers and users regarding combining BB Code and Markdown?

There is no clear consensus among developers and users regarding combining BB Code and Markdown. Some believe it could enhance the user experience, while others argue that it is unnecessary and could complicate the editing process. Ultimately, the decision to combine the two languages would depend on the specific needs and preferences of the platform and its users.

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