1. Escaping Numbers
If you want to start a line with “1.” or “2.” without the forum turning it into a numbered list, you can put a backslash in front of the period after the number. Thus starting a line with
1\. Testing will result in:
1. Testing a numbered line.
3. Testing a subsequent, manually-numbered line.
2. Multiple Paragraphs in Numbered List Items
On the other hand, if you want to make a numbered list where each item in the list is multiple paragraphs, you can indent the start of each subsequent paragraph in an item by four spaces, like so:
1. First paragraph in an item. Second paragraph in an item. 1. Second item.
That markdown will result in:
First paragraph in an item.
Second paragraph in an item.
3. Using Headings
Finally, if you like, you can use headings in a post, which don’t get processed as numbered lists. The headings in this post are prefixed by
### to create an H3 heading, which we’d recommend. The more
#'s, the lower the rank of the heading.