# Why is this particular string of numbers too far to the left?

On a question, there is a string of numbers. However, they are going too far to the left, and I see no reason for them to do so. Why are they doing this?

It was interpreted as Markdown for an ordered list with one list item numbered 110101. I can replicate this below as such:

1. List?
2. Ha

Note that setting the start number like this isn't a typical Markdown feature.

If you really feel the need to format a post that way, this can be circumvented/prevented by1:

• Inserting a backslash (\) between the number and the period
• Adding something at the beginning of the line that will not be visibly displayed, e.g.,  (empty MathJax) or &shy; (soft hyphen)

372021. Here are three
9001. lines in which
­90909. I avoid lists

1 Other imaginative ways of getting around it welcome in comments.

• it is limited to numbers with 10 digits or less Jul 8 '16 at 13:27