In this Meta question, I posted a image, and a link, I've enclosed the markdown text:

I was reading [a recent Meta question about users not showing up on the Area 51 Stack Exchange 'users' page][1] (the one that has to do with the Beta. Like the Gaming Beta User's page).  I was [paging through the beta users][2], and after the 8th or so page, was given the following error message:

It appears that since you guys use user flair, and the flair is rate limited, anyone who tries to view more than a few pages of users on the Beta page will be IP Banned for a specific amount of time. 

[![alt text][3]][4]

  [1]: http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/56447/why-arent-some-users-listed-as-participating-in-the-beta-on-area-51
  [2]: http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/1338?page=23&phase=beta&users=reputation#tab-top
  [3]: http://lh5.ggpht.com/_MJ7SHaJorfU/TDdRcbosK2I/AAAAAAAAApA/OhazJLtlVCg/s800/Banned.jpg
  [4]: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/2__Wdst_ielNS9LXqR8DAQ?feat=directlink

You can reproduce this issue by creating an image with a link:

[![alt text][3]][4]

And then inserting a link before that image. Every link you insert before that overwrites the image url, resulting in a lost image.

  • This is probably because it searches for "[xyz][n]" and ignores "xyz" instead of recursively parsing it. +1, though, because this is annoying editor behaviour.
    – Jon Seigel
    Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 17:32
  • +1: I saw this as well. Nice to know I can probably work around it by adding links after the image and then moving by cut-paste (I'll verify that works at some point). I worked around it by manual markdown edits...
    – donroby
    Commented Aug 16, 2010 at 14:30
  • sweet. I reported this a year ago and Jeff didn't read the whole question, then when I explained further his response was "WMD is open source, go fix it yourself". meta.stackexchange.com/questions/28029/…
    – Kip
    Commented Nov 26, 2010 at 15:12

1 Answer 1


Yes, the editor was indeed ignoring the nested references when renumbering the link definitions. This will be fixed in the next build.

Note that this only works one level deep of nesting – the only use case for nested references is a linked image; anything else doesn't make sense.

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