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There are wrong examples of usage, and for newbie this can be confusing.

Everywhere are:

__italic__ or **bold**

but that is wrong because result of this is:

italic or bold

Should be:

*italic* or **bold**

or

*italic* or __bold__

What gives: italic or bold

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    Where did you see the first example?
    – muru
    Nov 13 '15 at 10:12
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    It's not __italic__ or **bold**, it's _italic_ or **bold**, which does indeed yield "italic or bold".
    – Scott
    Nov 13 '15 at 19:01
  • Wow, I'm blind :D I haven't noticed there is no two chars... So, there is no problem.
    – Nolias
    Nov 15 '15 at 11:47
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I don't know where you've seen these "wrong" examples. The basic rule is that one is italic and two is bold:

  • _italic1_ and *italic2* : italic1 and italic2
  • __bold1__ and **bold2** : bold1 and bold2

Finally, three means italic and bold:

***italic & bold*** and ___italic & bold___ : italic & bold and italic & bold

That's exactly what is shown in the formatting help page.

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  • Wow, I'm blind :D I haven't noticed there is no two chars... So, there is no problem.
    – Nolias
    Nov 15 '15 at 11:47

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