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Edit summary should allow pipe tricks
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Good day,

It's hard to explain, please see attached screen capture, but edit summary doesn't allow pipe tricks. In a nutshell, [[User:Benoit Rochon|]] will not automatically generate [[User:Benoit Rochon|Benoit Rochon]].

I know it is no big deal, but that is annoying me for years!!!

Best regards.

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Aklapper renamed this task from Edit summary doesn't allow pipe tricks to Edit summary should allow pipe tricks.Feb 12 2017, 1:11 PM
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Lol. Yes, but 10 years later!

Jdforrester-WMF closed this task as Declined.Feb 14 2017, 1:45 AM
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No. T7004 is about the content, this is about the edit summary.

We're not going to support this, I'm afraid. There are a handful of sort-of wikitext contexts (edit summaries, log entries, citations, and galleries), all of which do not support most of wikitext and many of which support almost none of it. I appreciate that this complexity is confusing and not perfect for users. However, each deviation has its reason.

For edit summaries, I think this is mostly because you cannot subsequently edit them to fix errors, so magic alteration of user input is a bad idea, and because there's a length limit which the pipe trick and other expansion statements might exceed in a way that the user couldn't tell before pressing 'publish'. I do not think that the engineering and design effort to support this use case is justifiable, sorry.