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An edit that merly converted an inline link to a markdown link valid?

The rendered output is the same. All the edit did was make it a markdown link versus an inline link.

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IMO that should have been rejected. –  bfavaretto Jan 24 '13 at 0:35
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@bfavaretto and it was...by 2/5 people. –  Cole Johnson Jan 24 '13 at 0:36
    
No, it was approved. It takes 3 same-type votes to reject or approve (on Stack Overflow). –  bfavaretto Jan 24 '13 at 0:38
    
@bfavaretto I know. I'm pointing to the fact that it was rejected by 2/5 votes, but the 3/5 majority won. –  Cole Johnson Jan 24 '13 at 0:39
    
The user seems to specialise in editing links. However, they do seem to take the time to edit other stuff in the posts as well. Mostly. =) –  J. Steen Jan 24 '13 at 8:08

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In this case, they're not. Links on Stack Overflow already automatically get converted to a real link when rendered, so making it actual Markdown serves no purpose whatsoever. The edit should actually make some visible change. I don't understand why on Earth people would approve this (though for something like this, a rollback only adds to the clutter).

If it's not a network link that actually gets rendered as a plain link, then yes, editing it to use the title of the external page is completely appropriate.

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...appropriate, along with fixing the rest of the post, of course. Not just the link. =) –  J. Steen Jan 24 '13 at 8:06

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