Waiiiiiiitttttttt a minute. I think I have the whole thing reversed!
Are you trying to tell me that the "backticks" negate the effect of the code being typed?
My experiment above seemed to suggest that conclusion!
I have been assuming for months that the phrase "Put code in between
backticks" indicated that one must use these mysterious backticks for formatting code to function properly in posts. Since I didn't know what a backtick was, I never tried it.
But now it is dawning on me that the "backticks" comment has nothing whatsoever to do with the text formatting for the comment itself -- the text can in fact be formatted the normal way. The "backtick" stuff is so one can input code into the comment that then WON'T have any effect.
If this is truly the case, then I must say that "Put code in between
backticks" has to be the most confusing instructions ever written.
WordPress -- I'm sure there are thousands of people who have the same misapprehension as I do. Please think about clarifying the wording of the instructions below the comment box -- as it now stands, it only serves to make things more confusing and intimidating.