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When editing a post, the tag excerpt tooltips (that you get when viewing a post) are not available.

You do get the live tag preview (that you get when asking a question) for any new tags you add, but sometimes you want to check the tag wiki for the existing tags to make sure they are correct. As it stands you have to remove the suspect tag and re-add it to see the tag info.

(I've found http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/80678/tag-info-tooltip-displayed-behind-proposed-edit-window and Display Tag Excerpt Tooltips in Suggested Edits but these are not quite the same question)

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I was going to ask this question but searched for it and found this. Is there any progress on this at all? –  Dason Feb 23 '13 at 0:04
@Dason The official response is "we have a lot of requests to work through and other projects on the go as well, so sometimes things take a while". There's nothing wrong with this request and it hasn't been declined. We just haven't gotten around to it. –  Anna Lear Mar 3 '13 at 4:35
@AnnaLear Thank you for the response. –  Dason Mar 3 '13 at 4:41
@AnnaLear any progress report on this? I've been editing some not-much-rep reviews for grammar/spelling. I found a Tag checkout for a version-control question. I did look at the tag in another tab, but there is no great encouragement to do so. –  Bill Woodger Oct 18 '13 at 6:35
I also have this request and found this post. The tag list on the right is useful, though, I never noticed that for some reason; I think I've learned to ignore that area because it's not as useful on the main page that I'm normally used to looking at. –  Jason C Mar 2 '14 at 22:29
Still would love to see this; there is currently no way to do this given that the answer below is no longer true. –  Jason C Jul 31 '14 at 17:07
@AnnaLear Where is this on the priority list? I was about to request the same thing, and found that this had come up before. While not major, this would be really, really useful. After the recent Review Queue functionality changes, I find myself editing more posts where I'm not very familiar with the domain, and seeing the tag summaries would be very helpful while doing that. –  Reto Koradi Sep 28 '14 at 6:21

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As of February 2014, the below is no longer true. Tags are removed from the sidebar in question view. However, it would be nice to have it back when editing, if only for the tag excerpts.

Well, for existing tags you have the list on the right side of the page in case you have edit privilege:

However this would be nice to have for newly added tags as well, which don't appear there.

Since users without edit privilege are redirected to a different page to suggest the edit, the tags are indeed "lost" and this request becomes even more important.

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+1 For decadent use of Freehand Circles - using 5 where 1 would have been adequate. –  Jon Egerton Feb 18 '13 at 12:04
D'oh, I never noticed that list. Thank you (especially for the freehand circles :-))! –  Vicky Feb 18 '13 at 12:14
@Vicky Cheers, the right side is a dead spot unless you know where to look... even glaring error messages can hide there sometimes! Oh, and the circles are a free bonus. ;-) –  Shadow Wizard Feb 18 '13 at 12:15
That is hilarious - I ran into the very same issue (glaring error message I genuinely didn't spot) a few minutes earlier, when editing the very same post that also inspired me to post this question! –  Vicky Feb 18 '13 at 12:24
@Vicky well, now you know and can spread this knowledge further! :D –  Shadow Wizard Feb 18 '13 at 12:24
@ShaWizDowArd - I don't have editing privileges on Android.SE. I suspect it show only to 2K+ users. Because it redirect us to /edit page when we click on edit. –  hims056 Feb 19 '13 at 9:55
@hims056 excellent point! totally missed that, mentioning this now in my post. –  Shadow Wizard Feb 19 '13 at 10:13
There is still a workaround; if you are editing a question and you scroll alllll the way to the bottom of the page, you can mouse over the tag links in the "Browse other questions tagged ..." blurb. –  Jason C Jul 31 '14 at 17:12

Unfortunately the workaround presented by Shadow Wizard stopped working when they stopped displaying tags on the right side earlier this year.

I am frustrated by this often. I have found two other workarounds:

  • When editing, delete a tag then re-add it by re-typing it. The wiki excerpts will display.

  • When editing, scroll alllllll the way to the bottom of the page and mouse over the tags in the "Browse other questions tagged ..." blurb.

I prefer the first since I do not have to scroll away from the editor. Both are fairly poor UX.

My suggestion is to display the tag info box when hovering the mouse over the tags in the "Tags" field of the editor.

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If instead of looking below the question where you can add/remove tags you look to the right sidebar you should notice that the tags attached to the question show up there as well. You can hover over those tags which works as a workaround but doesn't really address why it is that the tag information doesn't show up while hovering under the question.

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See the other Answer and reflect. –  Bill Woodger Oct 18 '13 at 6:32

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