Add description to custom taxonomy admin metabox

I’ve created a custom taxonomy:

add_action( 'init', 'create_collection_taxonomies', 0 );
function create_collection_taxonomies() {
    $labels = array(
        'name'                       => _x( 'Collection Tags', 'taxonomy general name' ),
        'singular_name'              => _x( 'Collection Tag', 'taxonomy singular name' ),
        'search_items'               => __( 'Search Collection Tags' ),
        'popular_items'              => __( 'Popular Collection Tags' ),
        'all_items'                  => __( 'All Collection Tags' ),
        'parent_item'                => __( 'Parent Collection Tag' ),
        'parent_item_colon'          => __( 'Parent Collection Tag' ),
        'edit_item'                  => __( 'Edit Collection Tag' ),
        'update_item'                => __( 'Update Collection Tag' ),
        'add_new_item'               => __( 'Add New Collection Tag' ),
        'new_item_name'              => __( 'New Collection Tag Name' ),
        'menu_name'                  => __( 'Collections Tags' ),
    );

    $args = array(
        'description'           => 'Used to select promo/video for display in app.',
        'hierarchical'          => true,
        'labels'                => $labels,
        'show_ui'               => true,
        'show_admin_column'     => true,
        'query_var'             => true,
        'rewrite'               => array( 'slug' => 'CollectionTag' ),
    );

    register_taxonomy( 'CollectionTag', array('collection', 'videos', 'promos'), $args );
}

I added the description argument thinking it would appear in the taxonomy metabox in the WP admin; however, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

I did find this post from 2011, saying I would have to use jQuery to get a description added to the box, but it seems odd we can define a description without being able to use it.

Am I misunderstanding the purpose of this argument from what I’m reading in the Codex? How do I get this description to appear within the meta box for this taxonomy?

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Looking at the files that create the metabox, there isn’t anything to really hook into that will allow us to add the description so we’ll need to use jQuery. Since the script is extremely small, I’ve opted not to put it into an external file but instead use the admin_footer hook:

/**
 * Prepend taxonomy descriptions to taxonomy metaboxes
 */
function append_taxonomy_descriptions_metabox() {
    $post_types = array( 'page' );          // Array of Accepted Post Types
    $screen     = get_current_screen();     // Get current user screen

    if( 'edit' !== $screen->parent_base ) { // IF we're not on an edit page - just return
        return;
    }

    // IF the current post type is in our array
    if( in_array( $screen->post_type, $post_types ) ) {
        $taxonomies = get_object_taxonomies( $screen->post_type, 'objects' );   // Grab all taxonomies for that post type

        // Ensure taxonomies are not empty
        if( ! empty( $taxonomies ) ) : ?>

            <script type="text/javascript">

              <?php foreach( $taxonomies as $taxonomy ) : ?>

                var tax_slug = '<?php echo $taxonomy->name; ?>';
                var tax_desc = '<?php echo $taxonomy->description; ?>';

                // Add the description via jQuery
                jQuery( '#' + tax_slug + 'div div.inside' ).prepend( '<p>' + tax_desc + '</p>' );

              <?php endforeach; ?>

            </script>

        <?php endif;
    }
}
add_action( 'admin_footer', 'append_taxonomy_descriptions_metabox' );

We have a $post_types array to test against so we don’t add this to every post type or every page but only certain pages. We could do the same for taxonomies but I have not in this scenario.


BONUS MATERIAL

The below will add the description to the Admin taxonomy page ( where you add new terms ). We use a much easier hook add_action( '{$taxonomy}_pre_add_form' ):

/**
 * Prepend taxonomy description to Add New Term form
 */
function CollectionTag_admin_edit_description( $tax_slug ) {

    // Grab the Taxonomy Object
    $tax_obj = get_taxonomy( $tax_slug );

    // IF the description is set on our object
    if( property_exists( $tax_obj, 'description' ) ) {
        echo '<h2>Description</h2>';
        echo apply_filters( 'the_content', $tax_obj->description );
    }
}
add_action( 'CollectionTag_pre_add_form', 'CollectionTag_admin_edit_description' );