I am posting this question because I have received some mixed reactions to such edits. Partly because the tag wiki excerpt review UI only shows markdown diff but not rendered outputs, where the fact that italicization or any markdown is not working in tag wikis could have been visible.
Nevertheless, the editor for tag wiki excerpts tells that it is not a bug, but simply excerpts can only be written in plain text:
plain text only, no Markdown formatting
It have started when I have noticed on jade that the italicization is not working and asterisks (
*) are shown instead. So I went ahead and removed them in this edit suggestion. Since then as it got approved I have edited a couple of more tags containing asterisks.
Some of these following edits received reject votes (but got approved overall) with concerns about botanical names should be italicized and removing the "formatting" is not desirable.
I want to make that clear that I agree with that the botanical names should be italicized. I just feel some confusion that I would like to address with this post.
Formatting in general is not possible in tag wiki excerpts. So italicization is not possible.
I think the excerpts are easier to read without the asterisks so we should continue to remove them whenever we see a tag with them.
If you would prefer replacement characters to be used for example
/ instead of simply removing the asterisks, please suggest.
1: I am not upset or anything like that with the reject votes.