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When adding an image to a post from the mobile site, the "inline" markdown form:

[![alt](url)]

is used. This is clean, self-contained, and easy to edit. The desktop site, however, adds the image in the "reference" form:

[![alt][n]][n]

with a reference at the end of the post:

[n]: url

(I'm not even sure why [n] is repeated in the reference; it doesn't seem to be correct Markdown.)

The inline/non-reference form it clearly preferable from a standpoint of locality and easy editing. And if you edit the same post from both - often I have some of the pics I want to include in a post on my phone, so I write the original question or answer on desktop, then quickly edit it from my phone to add more pics - the inconsistency is really messy.

Please make it so that the desktop site behaves consistently with the mobile one and always uses the inline form.

  • It's a link and allows you to easily change where the image links to. By default, it opens the image but I often make the image smaller in the post and link to a full-sized image. But you can also link to the image source website instead. I find it pretty useful. – Catija Jun 22 at 18:14
  • @Catija: Is your comment referring to the extra [n] at the end? It should be possible to do that with the inline form too, no? – R.. Jun 22 at 18:15
  • You need two urls to have different image vs link target. You change [n] to [n+1] and... ta-da! The point is, I don't have to remember the correct change to markdown because it's already there. – Catija Jun 22 at 18:18
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    For an example, see the image in my question here: meta.stackexchange.com/q/303727/284336 the markdown is [![Screenshot of a part of the full sites list.][14]][15] – Catija Jun 22 at 18:20

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