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When importing a feed into a custom post type does it make any difference if I store the feed description in the post_excerpt field versus the post_content field? Is there some processing that gets applied via WordPress when I save content to any of those two fields?

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There is no difference when saving to DB. The only processing difference is that post_excerpt will be wrapped in <p> element when displayed on frontend. – Max Yudin Feb 20 '13 at 8:04
Also (in 3.4.x) post_excerpt is used for describing the attachment post type, but I am guessing you want for normal page/posts right? – Panagiotis Feb 20 '13 at 10:15
I want to use it in a custom post type. – drtanz Feb 21 '13 at 2:45
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There is no difference in storing data into the post_excerpt field versus the post_content field.

If you look at the source code (line 2700) you will notice both post_excerpt and post_content won't be filtered.

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