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Has anyone discovered interesting Fluther formatting tricks?

Asked by thorninmud (17851 points ) January 27th, 2014

When I wrote this comment, I entered the text as follows:

Water boiling in a vacuum (video)

Then I turned all of that into a link to a Youtube video, using the usual Textile markup. But the posted link doesn’t include the ”(video)”; instead, the word “video” appears when you hover on the link. I had no idea that this would happen, and it’s not listed as one of the formatting options in the Guidelines.

Are there other “secret” formatting tricks?

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talljasperman's avatar

Yes… Keep a window open before the time limit for questions and edit later… not too much later, but you can also keep pushing f5 and sometimes a gift of an edit will appear.

dxs's avatar

^^That’s so cool!!! Thanks for sharing! A new but perhaps not very useful trick! I wonder if there are others hiding.

jaytkay's avatar

Hey, cool, @thorninmud. I haven’t seen that one before.

There are a bunch of tricks in this thread but I don’t see the parentheses trick – Do you know any Fluther formatting secrets?

thorninmud's avatar

@jaytkay Oh, I hadn’t seen that thread. Thanks!

XOIIO's avatar


edit: oh man, that’s awesome.

dxs's avatar

I found another today!
In this post, I had typed in ”[edit]” before the colon, and it didn’t show up.

dxs's avatar

^^I just did it there, too.

dxs's avatar

@Yetanotheruser How? It only works if I put a colon after it.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

Instead of typing the colon just erase all you wrote and push the space bar once.

rojo's avatar


rojo's avatar

Damn. Evidently it doesn’t work for everyone.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

you wrote edit: ^^

dxs's avatar

@Dan_Lyons I’m trying to recreate what happened in the link I posted. @rojo edit has to be small font and in brackets.
^^like that!

Yetanotheruser's avatar

@dxs I tried to post this earlier from my phone, and ran out of battery time

The way I created the blank answer follows:
1. In the “Answer this question…” box I typed, “Watch this!”
2. I clicked on the “Answer!” button.
3. When the answer posted, I clicked on the “Edit this response” link.
4. In the “Edit your Response:” box, I placed thecursor at the end of the response (immediately to the right of the ”!”)
5. I then backspaced, erasing all characters, placing the cursor in the upper left hand corner of the box
6. Using the spacebar, II then typed one space. This placed the cursor exactly one space past the very beginning.
7. I then clicked on the “Answer” button, and voila! an empty answer!

whitenoise's avatar

Post an anwer… Edit it and replace the whole answer with a single space.

Entering a single space will not work the first time, it can only be done when you edit an answer you posted before.

dxs's avatar

I meant to say @rojo was trying to recreate what happened in the link I posted.

Yetanotheruser's avatar

Are you talking about this?

longgone's avatar

Yay! I did it.
Thank you, @whitenoise

All the best™

whitenoise's avatar

You’re more than ⓦⓔⓛⓒⓞⓜⓔ, @longgone

longgone's avatar

How did you do that??

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