I found here in the spoilers paragraph that putting >! would hide the following things, which was a way for me to alleviate a question's heavy presentation by hiding paragraphs that could be seen if and only if details are needed, but using >! did not work... (See here.) Where is my error, and is it indeed possible to do this with >!, or with an other sythax?

As Emil Jerabek has already written in a comment, hiding a paragraph actually works if you put the >! at the beginning of a line.

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    $\begingroup$ Consider the failure a feature. Excepting actual spoilers, hiding text in this way is very annoying, not to mention that it is next to impossible to access the hidden text at all on mobile devices. $\endgroup$ Jan 16, 2015 at 14:21
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    $\begingroup$ Actually, I wouldn't agree with you completely one this one. It is quite handy in some situations to hide things in this way. Exemple : #pragma regions or scopes in visual studio, even if depending on version it is not always hovering but clicking. Anyway ;-) But, whatever our opinions may be on this, it is supposed to be a feature (as I seen the the link I mention, so it should be either remove from this features link, or addressed (in the case it's not just me not knowing how to use it.) $\endgroup$
    – Olórin
    Jan 16, 2015 at 14:29
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    $\begingroup$ The syntax is basically correct, but: (1) you need to have the >! at the beginning of a line, just like for regular blockquotes, and (2) apparently, you can’t use displayed equations $$...$$ inside the spoiler block. $\endgroup$ Jan 16, 2015 at 14:31
  • $\begingroup$ Ok, so it's me misusing it, but it's indeed useless for my purpose - but very good to know nevertheless. Thx ! $\endgroup$
    – Olórin
    Jan 16, 2015 at 14:33
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    $\begingroup$ I agree with @EmilJeřábek And, it starts to be even more annoying when some others use "empty" blockquotes for formatting. $\endgroup$
    – user9072
    Jan 16, 2015 at 20:58
  • $\begingroup$ @quid: What do you mean "empty" blockquotes? $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jan 17, 2015 at 0:03
  • $\begingroup$ @Asaf a block-quote that contains nothing normally visible like >${}{}{}{}{}{}$ It just creates a gray bar that some seem to like as design-element. $\endgroup$
    – user9072
    Jan 17, 2015 at 0:14
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    $\begingroup$ Another reason to avoid spoiler markup is that it is inaccessible to keyboard-only users. $\endgroup$ May 20, 2023 at 3:15


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