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If I enter the text <[email protected]> on my profile page, it does not appear. Is this part of Markdown supported by SE?

I saw this on Markdown's page:

Automatic links for email addresses work similarly, except that Markdown will also perform a bit of randomized decimal and hex entity-encoding to help obscure your address from address-harvesting spambots. For example, Markdown will turn this:

<[email protected]>

into something like this:

<a href="&#x6D;&#x61;i&#x6C; ... &#109;">&#x61;&#x64; ... &#109;</a>

which will render in a browser as a clickable link to “[email protected]”.

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  • (As an aside: Does email address obfuscation actually work? on Super User, and Does e-mail obfuscation really make automatic harvesting harder? on Stack Overflow.)
    – Arjan
    Jan 22, 2011 at 15:45
  • Do you indeed use backticks to get code for that? If not, then it's just a disallowed HTML element for the sanitizer? And either case: how is using <...> a Markdown obfuscation? The only Markdown usage I can find is for URLs. Like <http://example.com> can enforce clickable links for difficult URLs that are hard to recognize automatically.
    – Arjan
    Jan 22, 2011 at 15:53
  • @arjan I updated the question.
    – tshepang
    Jan 22, 2011 at 19:03
  • Okay, confirmed that neither <[email protected]> nor <mailto:[email protected]> gets one a clickable link (despite the mentioning in the Markdown help). This also applies to questions and answers. Even <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a> is not clickable.
    – Arjan
    Jan 22, 2011 at 19:09
  • Anyway: so it's not for obfuscation, but you want a clickable link, right?
    – Arjan
    Jan 22, 2011 at 19:11
  • @arjan it's for both obfuscation and clickability
    – tshepang
    Jan 22, 2011 at 19:13
  • ...how does that obfuscate anything? What do you expect the result to be then?
    – Arjan
    Jan 22, 2011 at 19:15
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    @arjan that link says that the address will turned into <a href="&#x6D;&#x61;i&#x6C;&#x74;&#x6F;:&#x61;&#x64;&#x64;&#x72;&#x65; &#115;&#115;&#64;&#101;&#120;&#x61;&#109;&#x70;&#x6C;e&#x2E;&#99;&#111; &#109;">&#x61;&#x64;&#x64;&#x72;&#x65;&#115;&#115;&#64;&#101;&#120;&#x61; &#109;&#x70;&#x6C;e&#x2E;&#99;&#111;&#109;</a>
    – tshepang
    Jan 22, 2011 at 19:17

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We do not support email addresses in Markdown; this is by design.

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    Oh, I see. Any reason why?
    – tshepang
    Jan 23, 2011 at 9:46

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