Why are notes about maintenance surrounded by three single quotes?

Contributing my very first tiny changes to F-Droid, I’m wondering, why the notes about the end of maintenance in the description are surrounded by three single quotes.
These quotes seem not to affect the formatting, neither in the Web UI nor in the client.
From my point of view the html-bold tag is the better choice.
Example triple quotes: https://f-droid.org/en/packages/pl.net.szafraniec.NFCTagmaker/
Example html-tag: https://f-droid.org/en/packages/protect.card_locker/

As an unexperienced newbie I copied the “formatting” applied to the majority of the maintenance notes.
As a nosey newbie I would like to know why these quotes are used.

I didn’t find any hint in the documentation.

There is no special reason. They are just the maintainer’s choice.

That is MediaWiki syntax for bold text. It seems that at some point in the past F-Droid used MediaWiki formatting.

You can see e.g. this app’s page, which uses the syntax, was rendered differently in 2014.


I found a bug report addressing this issue.