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If you enter the text [tag:tag] in the tag wiki textbox, it produces .

If you enter the text [tag:tag] in the tag wiki excerpt textbox, it produces [tag:tag].

Why can't you include formatted tag names in the tag wiki excerpt? Both the tag wiki and the tag wiki excerpt make use of MathJax, but why don't they both have the tag name capability?

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This is (by-design).

The sidebar when you are editing a tag wiki contains the following:

The tag wiki excerpt is a brief plain text introduction to the topic that the tag represents. ...

The important point above is plain text, which means no Markdown. So not only are not available, but even bold, italic, code, and hyperlinks are not processed.

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    $\begingroup$ MathJax gets processed, though. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jul 23 '14 at 7:22
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    $\begingroup$ @Asaf: Interesting. This will probably be due to the logical design of the site, with MathJax being enabled throughout a page, and SE being more easily able to limit where the Markdown is rendered. $\endgroup$ – user642796 Jul 23 '14 at 7:52
  • $\begingroup$ It wasn't always like that, and it took some time before the feature was implemented, but it's been like that for quite some time now. (See link by Martin in the comments to the main question.) $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jul 23 '14 at 7:53

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