I like using "#"s when answering a numbered question. Why does the # make everything big and bold and screw up formatting? Can we change the default editor formatting?

1 Answer 1


It's the Markdown syntax for header styles. See https://diy.meta.stackexchange.com/editing-help#headers

Use a backslash '\' before the '#' to make it act like a number sign.

For example, #1 Doesn't work becomes:

1 Doesn't work

Whereas \#1 Does work becomes:

#1 Does work

  • Very intuitive!
    – DMoore
    Aug 8, 2013 at 16:50

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .