In the ca. 20 years, I’ve been wasting in internet forums and chats, I’ve gotten used to text written in asterisks describing an action in third person. *points at this example*
However, in this forum, it is also the action shortcut to turn text cursive. points at this different example
From what I see, the forum does recognise the <b> and <i> commands for bold and cursive text, so those could still be used in this position. I don’t know, how much of this forum is under admin control and how much is coming from a third party, so I can’t tell, if this could be changed by Kafka. Also not sure, if anyone is typing out the text commands instead of using the buttons on top and would be affected in a negative way by this change.
But if I was able to write something as simple as, let’s say, *g*, without having to switch to the odd preformat font (if there is any different noparse command available here, I have not found it) or having it end up as g, it would seem like a tiny improvement to me.
I know, this is as an irrelevant detail to type about, as it gets. Didn’t mean to waste forum space for it, but could not reach Kafka through PM about it.
Rockwell: I remember reading about the emphasis version several times, but never experienced it myself. I thought, it maybe fell out of fashion after the 90s and was replaced with /this/ or _this_ variant.
And the mentioned examples of *lol*, *g* and all their variations do hint towards a description of actions.
Also the /me command does of course only work at the beginning of a statement and looks very odd, when interjected into text.