I sometimes write long posts with dozens of links to both images via imgur and web pages. From time to time a link will "disappear" or get eaten by the UI. I believe this is happening when I upload an image via the imgur tool and I have a reference at the end is not yet linked-to in the text.
edit: It is not yet linked-to because I'm still in the process of composing the post.
When images are uploaded, the numbering of links is rearranged, and I think in this process there is a function that detects unused links and quietly, secretly, purges them. I am not sure if this happens all the time, or just occasionally.
I'd prefer that it either just leave them alone because I haven't finished composing the post, or if there is a need flag them, push them to the end of the list, or anything else besides a silent purge with no way to recover them.
In general, expected behavior of text editors is not to "disappear" items that the software feels you "won't be needing".
Question: Is this detection and silent deletion behavior in fact the case, and if so, why was this done in this way?
edit: Comments suggest that this silent, irreversible purge may be because "the code is mostly just taking the easiest approach to renumbering them" which begs the question Why is the code renumbering the links in the first place.
Further Question: Why not apply the same Light Touch policy here as well? If renumbering turns out to be the cause of unexpected behavior and turns out not to have any significant benefit, then why not just leave the authors text as they've written it?