Until recently, I hadn't realized that incoming links to a question will appear in the sidebar. Would it make sense to split these into two sections. I would think when there is a canonical answer might have a lot of outgoing links, and incomining links it would be helpful to distinguish between the two.


In what context is this helpful? I find it to be "too much information" -- if posts are Linked, they are Linked which means at least one person thinks they are tied together in some way. Knowing if a link is "incoming" or "outgoing", how does that enhance my understanding of the question?

also see:

Let linked questions have an arrow indicating which question is linking

  • Please see my response in the question you reference. – Kirk Kuykendall Feb 14 '11 at 23:42
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    To answer your question Jeff: "Tied together" imposes symmetry on an inherently asymmetric relation. One page links to another page because that page provides supporting information; a page has a link from other pages that use it for supporting information. Someone seeking further information about something in the page they are on would prefer first to follow links out, not links in. I agree that having little iconic arrows all over would be busy and perhaps distracting, but what prevents sorting the links by their in/out function? – whuber Mar 19 '11 at 19:43
  • In other words, we at GIS.SE are way too DBA oriented to allow something like this to fall through the cracks. – jvangeld Jun 15 '11 at 21:29

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