This feature request is partially a response to the following: URL inside parenthesis are not automatically hyperlinked.
I propose requiring link text for all hyperlinks in questions and answers (and by extension, not converting bare URLs into hyperlinks). Cody Gray makes the following case for using link text instead of bare URLs (emphasis is mine).
The problem [in which bare URLs between parentheses are not automatically converted into hyperlinks] solves itself if you don't post bare URLs. Make the link text explanatory. Showing us where the link goes is what tooltips are for.
There are very few cases where bare URLs make sense, and in those few cases, you could use the "workaround" of creating a hyperlink with the URL as the link text.
Note that this would only apply to