So I have been learning a little bit of programming using the R language, and in a hurry I’ve become a big fan of the R Markdown file type for this. It is based on Markdown, which is the input syntax that our forum uses.
That last link gives a better description than I could (and provides an excellent table for learning how to enter characters to get the text you want here), but briefly, Markdown is a way to format documents so that the characters that you type writes and formats the text in your document, inserts links, and more – without having to take your hands off the keyboard.
It is really handy to learn it on the forum, and I have picked up a fair bit using the buttons and comparing the entry text and preview on the forum here. Besides the wikipedia link to Markdown that I shared above — and will relink here because it is still copied and I can use this as an example of how to encourage someone to click on a link with Markdown by making the text really long — the other thing I wanted to share is a REALLY handy guide specific to R markdown. Only the stuff on the front page will apply to the forum, but there are a couple of examples (such as table entry) that are not explained on wikipedia. Inserting the proper spaces, and line-breaks is really important, so testing stuff with the preview window on the forum here is great (make sure that your browser is full screen width so it shows up). So here is that link for the R Markdown guide (I waited a few lines to space it out from the block above).
Hopefully someone finds it helpful!