I had no idea this forum supported syntax highlighting
Yep! Discourse processes your post’s text through a Markdown language formatter, and implements this feature of Markdown. The Markdown formatter is also why posts of error messages and code can get so screwed up if people don’t use the triple backtick syntax!
Welcome Dylan … the wikipedia page (linked below) explains what markdown is in detail.
But it is basically a simple, human-readable text code that can be used to nicely format posting on the web or documents.
The forum system should have sent you a message explaining the basics of using markdown on the forum.
(Click your avatar menu at the top right, see if the welcome message from the system is there.)
Markdown is a lightweight markup language for creating formatted text using a plain-text editor. John Gruber created Markdown in 2004 as a markup language that is appealing to human readers in its source code form. Markdown is widely used in blogging, instant messaging, online forums, collaborative software, documentation pages, and readme files.
The initial description of Markdown contained ambiguities and raised unanswered questions, causing implementations to both intentionally and accidental...