Okay, it's kind of difficult to explain in a title, so here goes. Imagine you inserted a URL into your post using the reference syntax, and then use that URL multiple times; the most common scenario for this being embedded images that link to themselves.

An example:

Diagram ([click to open in a new window][1]):
[![][1]][1]


  [1]: http://i.stack.imgur.com/n0rVy.png

However, if one then inserts another image using the imgur upload function, the markdown looks like this:

Diagram ([click to open in a new window][1]):
[![][2]][3]

![enter image description][4]


  [1]: http://i.stack.imgur.com/n0rVy.png
  [2]: http://i.stack.imgur.com/n0rVy.png
  [3]: http://i.stack.imgur.com/n0rVy.png
  [4]: http://i.stack.imgur.com/uKite.jpg

The image is added, but for some reason the existing reference is duplicated for each time it's used in the post body.

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Why is that a problem? –  balpha Jun 21 '11 at 9:02
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@balpha Well, it isn't really, seeing as it still works. It's just unnecessary, unexpected and a bit annoying when you want to update an image referenced this way, or its title text. –  lunboks Jun 21 '11 at 10:48
    
I don't think this is really a problem. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Oct 15 '11 at 21:44
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