On the how to answer page on MSE we see the following:

...are not about the software that powers the Stack Exchange [network](http://stackexchange.com/sites) as defined in the help center.

The markdown did not parse. Please edit to parse the markdown.

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    Ah, interesting. The part between "not about" and "as defined" is a $Topic variable that gets auto-inserted based on the site, and apparently doesn't get run through the parser.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Apr 13, 2015 at 17:07

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Yeah, someone put markdown in a setting that isn't parsed for markdown.

I removed the markdown bits.

  • But why not make it a link as that someone intended to do? Apr 13, 2015 at 19:47
  • @ShadowWizard - order of execution. And in order to fix the broken as soon as possible, before looking at a better long term solution.
    – Oded
    Apr 13, 2015 at 19:57
  • Sorry, I don't follow. Links are possible there since "defined in the help center" is a link. So why not make "network" link as well, manually, until the markup parser is fixed/attached in there? Apr 13, 2015 at 19:58
  • @Sha - isn't that simple. given, meta.stackexchange.com/questions/253286/…
    – Oded
    Apr 13, 2015 at 20:02
  • Oops, didn't notice the comment. Guess we now know who that someone is, too? ;) Apr 13, 2015 at 20:03
  • Anyway, isn't it better to mark this completed when the $Topic variable will support markdown? Apr 13, 2015 at 20:04
  • It is used in a bunch of places, so not sure it should at all. Doesn't make sense in certain contexts.
    – Oded
    Apr 13, 2015 at 20:06

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