Hyperlinks (and any other formatting) don't work in tag wiki excerpts. This is a shame, because they would be helpful.

Right now if you read a tag wiki excerpt you have to click through the tag wiki proper to use the hyperlinks which is tedious.

eg. enter image description here


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    Pretty sure that's by design. The excerpt is meant for display in tooltips and the autocomplete, where links or formatting would be disruptive.
    – hammar
    Nov 20, 2012 at 22:32
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    Well, the excerpt felt a little too promotional for my taste. Have a look at my edit. Users can always click the info link in the excerpt dropdown (or the learn more link in the faq page header) if they want more detail.
    – user102937
    Nov 20, 2012 at 22:37
  • Related counter-request: Block hyperlinks in tag wiki excerpts
    – Stevoisiak
    May 13, 2017 at 22:38

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Tag wiki excerpts are for quick plain text descriptions for:

  • when the tag should be added to a question
  • what other tag might be better, or
  • a cursory note on what it represents.

When it starts to become a launch pad for other sites or pages to check out, it's time to dial it back.

Adding in the ability to format, link or imageificate the excerpt veers it into a canyon of oil slicked souls and renders it more promotional than information purposed for the community.

The rest of the tag wiki is open slather for links and other resources. A better place to grasp the sides of and pull it apart to allow better putting one's head up the tag's world of understanding and learning.

  • One more case: when other site might be better (with a link to the site). Example: "video" tag on photo.stackexchange.com.
    – Vi.
    Jan 5, 2015 at 15:19

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