I've found that there are some cases where an email address or a phone number may need to be specified in an answer, however, it doesn't seem possible to make that email a clickable link.

Is this intended by design or just never thought to be necessary?

Case in point: Regulatory websites with specific email address and phone numbers:

Will I be stopped at customs if I bring the shell of a cicada through US customs?

  • As far as I remember, Skype has a browser plugin that converts phone numbers to clickable form, it's up to the visitor of the site to install it though. Commented Jul 30, 2015 at 17:54

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It's by design.

Is mailto supported? leads to this answer on Including SO's url creates a link that isn't closed which says, in part:

...but we've never really supported that (email, feh, I spit on email). But I never removed that support from the Markdown processor... I removed it now ...

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