How to export org-mode text as Stack Exchange's formatted text?

For instance having /Xizzy/ being exported to _Xizzy_ (“Xizzy” between “_”), while exporting equation in latex syntax.

I would rather avoid using HTML.

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The org markdown exporter translates /emphasized/ to *emphasized*, which is valid markup for Stackexchange.

However,the markdown exporter isn't enabled by default. To enable it, you need to add md to the variable org-export-backends. This needs to happen at the correct time in your startup, so it may be easiest to do this via the customize-variable interface. i.e., M-x customize-variable org-export-backends.

  • It seems that it improperly export other things, such as equations though.
    – M. Toya
    Jun 18, 2018 at 14:54
  • Equations aren't supported by markdown, and are inconsistently supported on the stack exchange network, so I'm not sure there is a single "correct" way to export them
    – Tyler
    Jun 18, 2018 at 16:33

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