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When a trivial answer contains links in the form:

[link][1] info info


When they are converted to a comment, the links get mangled to something like:

[link][2] info info [1]:

Can we please have better logic in the conversion?

Alternatively, if the answer contains a link, do not consider it to be trivial.


Just to clarify that what I would like to see is that answers with that get converted, get converted properly.

If the answer was using the following link style:

[link][3] info info 


It should get converted to:

[link]( info info

Instead of:

[link][4] info info [1]:


This is still happening. Just seen in the wild:

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here is a proper [example][1]. [1]: – Oded Nov 18 '11 at 11:19
The comment above ^^^^ was automatically converted from an answer with a link. – Oded Nov 18 '11 at 11:22
If the answer is just a link then it is trivial. The link should only be used to back up the answer. – ChrisF Nov 18 '11 at 11:24
Does the automatic conversion work only for users with a reputation lower than a value? I tried in the sandbox here on meta, and the answer was not converted in a comment. – kiamlaluno Nov 18 '11 at 11:33
@ChrisF - And if it is a few words and a link? I tend to do that and then expand. – Oded Nov 18 '11 at 11:37
Obviously there are borderline cases which would need determining, but posting link + a few words to get the first answer in isn't a reason to allow the behaviour. – ChrisF Nov 18 '11 at 12:09
@Arjan - Looks like you sparked off this question being closed... help! – Oded Nov 22 '11 at 22:00
(Hmmm, was this the question to which I commented I did not support my own close vote? That comment is gone now then, but I see things have been re-opened, so no sweat I hope.) – Arjan Nov 23 '11 at 12:43
@Arjan - Yes, this is the same question, I flagged it to the moderators after it was closed, so it looks like they re-opened it. – Oded Nov 23 '11 at 13:32
How is this not a duplicate? – Michael Mrozek Dec 14 '11 at 19:54
@Fezziwig - There was a similar question about the moderators tool (which supposedly was fixed). This is not about that tool but about the automatic conversion. – Oded Dec 14 '11 at 19:56
Ah. I would really hope they use the same code, but maybe not – Michael Mrozek Dec 14 '11 at 19:57
@Fezziwig - Well... they might be and the moderation tool regressed... – Oded Dec 14 '11 at 19:58
This is still happening, see my comment here, should the status-completed tag be removed or should I ask a new question? – Dukeling May 7 '13 at 14:26
Why is this by design? If the syntax won't be fixed during conversion then why bother converting it? – BoltClock's a Unicorn May 7 '13 at 14:30

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