lucy24 - 8:23 pm on May 30, 2013 (gmt 0)
I think you've misunderstood.
The question is whether I misunderstood MC. The line I quoted seems to say "five thousand of the same thing on the same page"-- but is that what he meant? Why would a single page have five thousand links to the same place?
That's assuming for the sake of discussion that you don't have five thousand occurrences of "click here" on the same page-- which, again, would be a problem totally independent of either linking or SEO :)
In the Links section of gwt there's a list of "How your content is linked". It's a pretty useless list, because it mixes together external and internal linking text. But the one thing it doesn't show is page-internal anchor text. (In my case, that means "Back to thumbnails" is listed-- it's the gallery-page boilerplate-- but "Back to top" is not. I looked this up recently in connection with a vaguely related discussion.)