If you make a Tag Wiki entry, you can use the markdown backticks to show something is a tag (as is done quite often on these sites) and it shows it on the Tag info page. If you then go to the Tag Questions page, it just shows normal backticks.

Tag Info Page:

Tag Info Page

Tag Questions Page:

Tag Questions Page

Here is a screenshot (Tag Info Page) showing that brackets are stripped out also:

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EDIT: It would also be great if the new tag posting feature would work for tag wikis. Then it could look like so:

The tag is used for referencing the Excel spreadsheet application from Microsoft. If your question is about VBA then also tag it . If it is about an Excel formula or worksheet function, then tag it .

  • Duplicate: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/62208/… Aug 25, 2010 at 16:13
  • @Georg, This may be a subset of that, but I think this specific case can stand on its own. Aug 25, 2010 at 16:22
  • Ah, you meant it to be specifically about the back-ticks? Didn't read that way to me. Aug 25, 2010 at 17:11
  • @George, good point, I misnamed them, I'll fix that. Aug 25, 2010 at 17:22
  • back-ticks are for code, not emphasis...
    – Shog9
    Aug 30, 2010 at 23:15
  • @Shog9, I don't use them for emphasis, I use them to show something is a tag, as has been done standardly by many on Meta. Aug 31, 2010 at 16:08
  • Uh, @Lance, your first sentence talks about using them for emphasis...
    – Shog9
    Aug 31, 2010 at 16:15
  • @Shog9, you got me there. I'll edit it. Aug 31, 2010 at 16:26
  • Do you not like using the square brackets as suggested?
    – random
    Sep 8, 2010 at 20:39
  • @random, I used the square brackets also, see the current state where the square brackets don't work, link in 2nd comment to waffles answer. Sep 8, 2010 at 21:13
  • It works in the body of the wiki, since the wiki post type is pretty much the same as a question or answer. See an example here. Probably won't work in the excerpt, though, but as Peter notes below this is by design.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Nov 5, 2010 at 15:40
  • @Grace, yes, I'm asking them to change the design so that the excerpt will have some way of showing tags. Nov 5, 2010 at 15:43

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This is pretty much a duplicate of this question. I answered that one, but it doesn't have a bounty... so:

No markdown in the excerpt is by design in order to keep confusing visual cues at a minimum in an area of prime screen real estate.

The idea is that tag excerpts are at the top of the screen in an area where you expect post summaries to be, so any sort of visual formatting on the excerpts will distract the eye from the focus of the page (the post summaries). This would include back-ground color formatting for tags in an excerpt. The reason for the formatting doesn't really change how distracting it is.

Finally, there is now a specific box for the tag wiki excerpt. So it's quite simple to not put markdown in the excerpt.


This is by design, we are not allowing any html through for the tag wiki excerpts.

We would like to keep that section clean and simple, we want to take the minimal amount of focus away from the questions in the list.

  • @waffles, couldn't you allow the backticks only, so that we can use them to refer to tags, as we do on Meta all the time. Sep 1, 2010 at 14:50
  • @waffles, could you please allow brackets at least, something to that I can use to denote a tag. See here. Please allow a little flexibility. Sep 8, 2010 at 0:25
  • @Lance, I will have a chat with Jeff about this, we may be able to push some minimal amount of formatting through
    – waffles
    Sep 8, 2010 at 0:30
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    Needing to use the tag in the excerpt is akin to the definitions that use the same word to define itself. @lan
    – random
    Sep 8, 2010 at 0:55
  • I have to say that the Excel tag explanation is very unhelpful if you don't already know what Excel is. The tag explanation states how to use the tag, but it doesn't explain what Excel is. ------ PHP has a decent tag explanation.... as an example of how it can be done. Sep 8, 2010 at 1:07
  • @random, if you look at the link in my example, you'll see where I reference other tags so that people will tag combinations right. Sep 8, 2010 at 15:23
  • @Peter, I don't think tag info text needs to fully explain what something is, I think some knowledge of the subject is ok to assume. I'm explaining how to use the Excel tag, so that it's used correctly. Sep 8, 2010 at 15:24
  • @waffles, I just tried double-quotes, but that doesn't work either. Oct 5, 2010 at 18:41
  • @waffles, see my edit on using the new tag posting functionality. Nov 5, 2010 at 15:37

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