"What links here" is MediaWiki's best kept secret. Hidden in a misleading "Toolbox" in a crowded left navigation bar, surely it is not found by many users that would enjoy this feature.
Imagine that link in a more prominent spot, as a tab:
Where "Context" == "What links here".
This is where it actually belongs. Example:
You are very interested about
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simeon_%28Hebrew_Bible%29 (random article)
After reading the article you can check the discussions about it
And then you can also check the pages that link to it, obviously related
This proposal is not perfect. Ideas welcome:
- Discussion pages also have "What links here" so how should we treat this. In my own experience I use this feature often for articles, almost never for discussions (and when I try most time there are zero results).
- Yes, I'm aware of the issues reported about What Links Here and I do suffer them as well (mildly). Still, I keep using this feature regularly because it is useful and awesome. I believe highlighting it would give us a better idea of the pain points (if any) for regular users and perhaps more developer attention from volunteers would be put here.