The cleanliness of the Discourse UI is one of its most appealing features, so I hope this type of nitpicking is helpful.
I really find the inline link counts to be unnecessary clutter. Its a very cool feature to see the count of the clicks - I think it is informative. But I don’t think they belong in the paragraph text. The belong in the sidebar (and they are already duplicated there).
Below is a screenshot of the post I was reading when I had that jarring moment and felt compelled stop and post this.