Why does mod portal use Markdown?

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Why does mod portal use Markdown?

Postby thereaverofdarkness » Mon May 14, 2018 6:41 pm

Markdown is the simplest, laziest, most useless and most intrusive text formatting function that exists. It was made by a lazy person for lazy people. Not lazy people have built better formatting systems to be used by lazy people, you know with buttons for the superior HTML functions, for people who can't be bothered to type brackets, or perhaps can't be bothered to learn brackets. Most forums simply use the HTML brackets system and most end users have no trouble using that system. It doesn't mutate your text when you're trying to use asterisks to, say, show asterisks in the text or some other rare unheard of use case for asterisks. It's apparently elementary enough for average forum users. I don't know why Factorio modders need something at a lower level. Markdown is for YouTube commenters. Please give us HTML.
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Re: Why does mod portal use Markdown?

Postby Optera » Mon May 14, 2018 6:48 pm

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I can't be bothered to learn the dumb syntax of markdown to format a mod page. If you gave me html that'd be a different story.
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Re: Why does mod portal use Markdown?

Postby Bilka » Mon May 14, 2018 6:52 pm

How about wikitext, that's html and a different version of markdown combined, that will totally make everything better ;)
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Re: Why does mod portal use Markdown?

Postby thereaverofdarkness » Mon May 14, 2018 6:58 pm

Optera wrote:+1 Signed
I can't be bothered to learn the dumb syntax of markdown to format a mod page. If you gave me html that'd be a different story.

Here's a Markdown tutorial:

*text* = italic
**text** = bold
***text*** = italic
****text**** = bold
??? = *text*
* text * = [*] text *

* text = [*] text

_text_ = italic!?
_*text*_ = bold italic

#text = biggest text
##text = big text
###text = pretty big text
####text = medium text
#####text = small text

??? = underline
??? = [s]strikeout[/s]


Bilka wrote:How about wikitext, that's html and a different version of markdown combined, that will totally make everything better ;)

*I* feel like HTML is better without Markdown.
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Re: Why does mod portal use Markdown?

Postby Optera » Tue May 15, 2018 3:51 am

thereaverofdarkness wrote:Here's a Markdown tutorial:

Those are what you find at every corner.
I was refering to more "advanced" formating like tables with defined text spacing, in line thumbnails or thumbnails as bullet points.
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Re: Why does mod portal use Markdown?

Postby betrok » Tue May 15, 2018 8:01 am

Optera wrote:I was refering to more "advanced" formating like tables with defined text spacing, in line thumbnails or thumbnails as bullet points.

Ok, obviously, we need LaTeX for a brief description of the mod. %)
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Re: Why does mod portal use Markdown?

Postby thereaverofdarkness » Tue May 15, 2018 9:10 am

Optera wrote:
thereaverofdarkness wrote:Here's a Markdown tutorial:

I was refering to more "advanced" formating like tables with defined text spacing, in line thumbnails or thumbnails as bullet points.

As I understand it, outside of a few specific cases, Markdown does more to eliminate your ability to do advanced styling than it does to facilitate it. There are fonts that give you even spacing, and you can use plain text documents in those fonts to make tables and charts as easily as learning Markdown, and more easily than using Markdown.
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