Why are subsites' MathJax delimiters different?

On sites like Code Review they are \$...\$.

On sites like Mathematics they are $...$

Why don't let them have the same schema?

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Because in some sites, MathJax was enabled later on after a request by the community, and dollar signs were already used in posts. 'Blindly' activating MathJax would break the formatting on those posts, hence the \$ delimiters. An example can be found here:

MathJax is currently enabled with $ … $ as delimiters. However, that breaks existing posts that contain two dollar signs within the same paragraph, but where the code is not formatted using backticks or a code block. We would like to change it to use \$ … \$ as delimiters, as on Electrical Engineering.

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