links to

This naming knot describes an unfortunate real-life naming conventions problem that has yet to be resolved:

Some page directives tell users what to link to:
  • link to this page refers to the current page
  • link to that page refers to another page, typically one that is a redirect to this page

These are instructions to help maintain open politics web in a relatively consistent state, e.g. to track facts true only as of date reported.

In line with the need to prefer verb form and avoid plurals, the passive form links to should usually be avoided. NEVER USE THIS AS A PAGE DIRECTIVE - see the naming conventions as this is a naming knot that is difficult to get right. If it is absolutely necessary there can be references to what links to__ a page, replacing automatic reports of what links here which mediawiki generates. Lack of which is a fatal tikiwiki flaw f'sure.

as header tag

The phrase links to is not an imperative nor an instruction. It describes an existing situation, and is thus a report:

The header tag links to "here", "this page", or a named page, means, in its verb form, that another page has an anchor that has this page as a target, perhaps for some standard reason that is stated in the sentence using the phrase "links to".

It thus means the same as:

The term "linked to" can be used as its opposite to mean outlinks, as in:
  • page A links to this page, B, which is linked to page C
  • page C linked to here

In both of these cases the implied subject is page B ("here" or "this page"). Noting that A "links to" will make A appear active, as if the user had no choice about following the link, while noting that B "is linked to" C appears passive, as if C is not drawing B to read it. Such uses of rhetoric are so subtle as not to be usually noticed. There is little or no attention to the fact that, chronologically, the actual subject (the user) has followed a link to B, thus it would be more proper to say "A linked to B" from that user's perspective, or that "B links to C" now, or only if that user cares to follow that link in the future. More neutral terms from the pose of the document would be inlink and outlink and external links, while an objective analysis from outside the pose of all documents would refer to anchors and to targets between a mass of URIs.

Since "linked to" can indicate either a past tense of the verb (having linked to something in the past, as in "was linked to", or a third party report of a present state, as in "this is linked to that"), it is probably only right to use "linked to" when describing clickstreams in the past, These are both fair to describe a corpus but not to describe an action as in the political meaning (someone "linked to" someone else, as in a scandal).

"Links to" can also be used as a weaker and more passive form to imply implicit links:
  • page A links to page B, but, which is linked to page C by the fact that they both use statistically improbable phrases in common
  • page B links to page A, but has been linked to page C also by some allegations made in a smoke-filled room

When interpreted as a noun, i.e. the "links" are plural & concrete, it means the same as

This is very confusing because of the mixed metaphors in use. The most justifiable of these is tikiwiki's use of back as it has the same semantics as the web browser use of that term - the page you saw before clicking on the link to come to this page.