I disagree with that particular edit. If the link is inline and is tangental to your point, I think formatted links make sense if they are properly qualified (contain enough info to locate the source). I think sentences with links should be self-contained and work without the link as well as with.
I found this code at Google Page Speed, and it makes a lot of sense: ...
I could read this sentence in a book and it still contains all the information I need. I could copy-paste it into an email (without links) and it's still clear. I can Google "Google Page Speed" to find the source. The link in that case isn't the information being presented.
You have removed information from the original post with your edit.
It is educational to see how you might implement virtual methods in C# if C# did not have them built-in. See my three-part series of articles on that.
By looking at the link I can tell when it was written, where it was posted, and perhaps who wrote it. All that information is now gone from the post. If I copied that post (as a perfect example, I copied it from the answer to paste here... no links) and emailed it to someone, they could never find the source of that blog. It would never work in print either. Someone could put all that information in a sentence (which would be a more complicated edit), but it's already in the link.
At the very least, the title of the landing page should be there.
See my three part series Implementing the virtual method pattern in C#.
That may be enough to find it. This would be better.
See my three part series Implementing the virtual method pattern in C# (17 Mar 2011) on my blog Fabulous Adventures In Coding.
That is certainly better than a link if the OP or editor wants to do it, but a link is better than "three-part series of articles" by itself.
The worst examples are the "here, here, here" ones.
I've mentioned that before here, here, and here.
I can tell nothing about "here, here, and here" without hovering over it. Sentences, especially ones in posts meant to endure and be helpful to future readers, need to contain enough information to be useful without links.