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I tried to link to–Yates_shuffle#The_modern_algorithm in a comment and when I click on the link, SO changes the URL to

It's a comment in this answer:

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The more important question is were exactly did you get that link from? – Lix Apr 1 '12 at 16:16
You'd better warn them or I'll send Tim Stone ;) – Lix Apr 1 '12 at 16:17
I got the link by right-clicking the "2 The Modern Algorithm" link at–Yates_shuffle and selecting "Copy Link". I'm running Safari 5.1.4 under OS X 10.6.8. I got the link in this comment by copying the URL from Safari's address bar. – SSteve Apr 1 '12 at 16:21
RE: status-bydesign: If this is to be percent-encoded in markdown mini, shouldn't it also be percent-encoded in full markdown? It seems backwards for markdown mini to be more featureful. – Jeremy Banks Apr 2 '12 at 5:58
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That's because it's not a hyphen, it's an en dash. Replace it with a normal hyphen and both Stack Overflow and Wikipedia will be happy.

In normal post Markdown, the link simply won't be rendered, but in Markdown Mini (as used by comments), the sanitization method is to remove invalid characters in the URL before rendering.

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This will be working after the next build.

See this answer of mine for details.

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