fwiw: This user can't stand 'em. No matter how common they are, you simply don't expect a link to refer back to the same page you're already on, so you're left feeling like an idiot. When I finally caved in and learned three words of php, it was for this specific reason: so I could auto-generate navigation footers without including links to the current page.
Practical question: Does GA distinguish between links and reloads? I see a fair number of reloads in piwik, and can never figure out why they count them at all. Isn't there some way an analytics program can tell if you've got the kind of page whose content might really change in ten seconds? (Forums, say. Or manually loaded webcams.)