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Why do Comments have a different syntax than Answers?

Comments and Answers seem to use slightly different syntax than Answers. This can be quite limiting, especially when one wants to quote an Answer in a comment, for example:

> they use a special comment for the cases where the language cannot be guessed <!-- lang: lang-name-->

Or if one wants to strike-through something:

<del>Something that I later realized was false</del> and something that was certainly still true.

It seems like it would be simplest to have the same markup available in both types of post. That way users wouldn't have to remember two different sets of acceptable markup.

Why do Comments have a different syntax than Answers?

Comments and Answers seem to use slightly different syntax than Answers. This can be quite limiting, especially when one wants to quote an Answer in a comment, for example:

> they use a special comment for the cases where the language cannot be guessed &lt;!-- lang: lang-name--&gt;

Or if one wants to strike-through something:

<del>Something that I later realized was false</del> and something something
that was certainly still true.

It seems like it would be simplest to have the same markup available in both types of post. That way users wouldn't have to remember two different sets of acceptable markup.