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If an answer uses a link with the default format (using [link text][1]) and later [1]: then when a moderator does convert-to-comment it doesn't become a link.

It should convert to [link text]( without the moderator having to go edit the comment.

Here is the answer text to this question that was converted to a comment:

Hopefully someone else (who knows more about it than I do) will post an answer that describes how trading actually works these days and why the physical stock exchange is necessary. However, the 2010 "flash crash" is a good reminder of what happens when we let computers take over.

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This was supposed to have been fixed, @YOU was right. Looks like it's resurged, or summat? – Grace Note May 6 '11 at 16:16
This is an answer with a link in it that I will convert to a comment. If this worked, then it works. – Jeff Atwood May 6 '11 at 22:11
@Jeff: I know this happened to me yesterday on SO; was it fixed very recently? – mmyers May 6 '11 at 22:40
@mmy it's probably bad formatting in the post. We also only convert that exact (default) link style. It's a best effort thing, there are no guarantees since there are about 5 different ways to make a link. – Jeff Atwood May 6 '11 at 23:24
@Jeff: See the 10th comment (the one by offengehirn) on this question on ELU, converted just a minute ago. For all I can tell, it is that exact default link style. (Check the deleted answer's source.) Thanks. – ЯegDwight May 8 '11 at 14:24
Some words need to be appreciated for their versatility. [This site][1] demonstrates the query quite explicitly. [1]: – Jeff Atwood May 8 '11 at 21:47
@reg ok that's a repro then.. I'll look. It's probably something really subtle / simple. – Jeff Atwood May 8 '11 at 21:48
@Jeff: another repro – Gilles May 8 '11 at 23:23
up vote 4 down vote accepted

OK, I see the issue -- for some reason I wasn't allowing leading spaces in the footnote style links.



would work but


would not

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