In an answer to another meta question, I made an example of a long tag name that didn't render properly:

I tried doing this on StackOverflow and didn't see this behavior (the image stopped appearing after a certain length), so I think this is a bug on the beta SE sites.

  • Note that the "bug" here is only in the rendering of that post. You can't actually create a tag that long. Tags are limited to 25 characters. Dec 14, 2011 at 20:16
  • @RobertCartaino: Oh ok. I didn't try to actually create it, for obvious reasons :)
    – jrdioko
    Dec 14, 2011 at 21:22

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In an honest case, this is really more of a "Don't do that" kind of scenario. There is a limit of 25 35 characters on a real tag, and trying to use any longer to illustrate a point becomes ineffective. Your example then becomes invalid for reasons other than the point you intend to illustrate.

If you want to focus on the fact that a tag name would end up too long, saying it is too long would be a wiser course of action than using knowingly-going-to-never-work-as-a-link tag syntax.

This is, for now, just a very low priority bug.

  • Agreed. My point was just that this happens on the beta sites and not on the launched sites (as far as I can tell).
    – jrdioko
    Dec 14, 2011 at 21:19

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