As the title says, how do I quote within a comment box? There is a editing help page for this, I know that. But it says I can use angle brackets (>) to create a "simple blockquote". But I tried it and it didn't work. Why is it not simple?...

By the way, what does the "block" quote refer to here?

I could of course just "use regular quotation marks" but I would like to stylize it a little bit to make it more appealing to the eye and easier to find and read.

And what I'm trying to quote is a simple text line from a website, not the users who post answers or comment on answers or qustions.

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    you could italicize them or use backticks
    – Sathyajith Bhat Mod
    Jun 7, 2012 at 12:11
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    I would prefer italics for the sake of separating code
    – slhck
    Jun 7, 2012 at 15:44

2 Answers 2


The editing help page that you're looking at is for the most part only relevant to post bodies, the Comment Formatting bit at the end is what you need. And, you'll see that comments use a very limited sub-set of markdown.

You can also see the basics by pressing the "help" link that is available under the Add Comment button.

So, the style options you have are bold, italic and code.
Personally, I'll sometimes use code to quote someone in a comment, depends on the context, etc.

And, since you ask, a blockquote is a just quote formatted in to a separate block.

They look something a bit like this.

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    Thanks! Now is there a sandbox where I can fiddle with this? And also, another reason why "block" quotes don't work in comments because I can't get a line break, correct? If I press Return or Enter key it only saves the comment as is. Of course, even if line breaks were allowed I wouldn't be able to use quotes since they are not supported in comments.
    – Samir
    Jun 7, 2012 at 13:24
  • You can play around in the formatting sandbox on MSO if you like. I'd advise posting your own answer and commenting on that, to avoid pinging other users. And indeed, comments are intentionally kept compact and simple - the important action should be kept in the question/answer where ever possible.
    – DMA57361
    Jun 7, 2012 at 13:34
  • Thanks! I'll check it out!
    – Samir
    Jun 7, 2012 at 15:55

Comments are treated as second class citizens throughout the network, as such the formatting options in comments are limited. You could you could italicize them or use backticks to highlight the points

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