I have ran some strange thing in magento stackexchange. I tried to add a link by somelink\...\anotherlink without code quotes and strangely first forward slash went missing like : somelink...\anotherlink. So this means does stack exchange allow escape characters or is this a bug?

  • Since the settings for each sub site of the stackexchange network cannot be controlled at site level, I think it's better to post this question on meta.stackexchange.com. That's the general discussion website for the stackexchange network.
    – Marius Mod
    Jun 10, 2015 at 11:31
  • Just to post the answer here for those who are interested: meta.stackexchange.com/a/258463/172297
    – Dan
    Jun 11, 2015 at 15:21
  • At one time, it was common to recommend taking all vaguely network-related questions to the network-level meta, but that's not a requirement currently. These days, it's just fine to ask about how anything works on the meta of the site you're on; no need to know what's a network-level feature or even be aware of Meta SE if you don't want to!
    – Pops
    Jul 8, 2015 at 19:26

1 Answer 1


As noted in the comments above, this was re-asked and then answered on the network-wide meta site.

The short answer is that \, the backslash character, is indeed an escape character in Stack Exchange posts.

To display somelink\...\anotherlink, you would have to escape the escape character itself, by entering somelink\\...\anotherlink in the editor.

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