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Most users (myself included) seem to use it primarily as a better pastebin than most of the pastebins on the Web. It's tied to your account (so you can manage previously posted Gists easily), it's versioned and available over git as an ad hoc repository, and the highlighting is pretty good.

What I find puzzling is seeing what appear to be blog posts published as gists.

What's the reasoning for this? I imagine if you don't have a blog of any kind it fills in, but it seems a odd place to publish lengthy essays.

I think there's a couple of sites that take markdown in a Gist and put them up as formatted posts.

Add Disqus and you've got a neat little product.

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