- Nov 2020
Systems which display backlinks to a node permit a new behavior: you can define a new node extensionally (rather than intensionally) by simply linking to it from many other nodes—even before it has any content.
Nodes in a knowledge management system can be defined extensionally, rather than intensionally, through their backlinks and their respective context.
This effect requires Contextual backlinks: a simple list of backlinks won’t implicitly define a node very effectively. You need to be able to see the context around the backlink to understand what’s being implied.
Bi-Directional links, or backlinks, only help define the node being linked to if the context in which the links occur is also provided.