I just wrote a single sentence answer to a post on meta, which was automatically converted to a link. OK, I'm not happy with that, and I even posted that answer twice because I didn't notice where it went.
But a real problem was that the syntax of comments is not the same as the syntax for links. In my case, the answer used the footnote-style markdown for links, the way the editing toolbar does it. This format is not available in comments. So in this case, the conversion broke the formatting of my answer, rendering it with all the square brackets visible. Not a nice thing to do, in my book.
Possible ways to fix this, in order of decreasing preference:
- Don't auto-convert answers
- Ensure that answers and comments use the same markdown syntax
- Auto-convert syntax appropriately
Given the fact that the presence of links in an answer might be a huge contributing factor to it being marked trivial, I consider this breakage of links particularly severe.