For example, if a .map contains a Wikidata id, the entire map will fail to display when called via <maplink> or <mapframe>. This page demonstrates the problem.
This limitation should be documented, and a decision made about whether the software should allow ExternalData here, which would in turn allow for recursive GeoJSON loading. As with the parser, any potential recursion would have to be bounded in time and memory.
NOTE: the Collaboration Team has prioritized this item for action as part of Map Improvements 2018, but there is concern that we don't know how difficult the task might prove. Our intention is to investigate and, if fixing proves too hard, fall back to some other remediation that will warn the user or somehow fail gracefully.