Yes. It would in effect become a citation list.
In the world of academic literature, citations are a powerful way of evaluating papers.
The number of references to authors and their works is a helpful guide.
In our case it would give easy access to all references to these authors so that the reader can gauge how this community views, values or assesses these authors.
As a test of the idea I performed the following Google searches:
- Patterson -Newest -"Questions containing" site:photo.stackexchange.com,
with the following results (there may be some duplicates):
This is a surprising and interesting result.
By tagging the questions according to referenced author we can achieve the same end as the Google searches but in a more accessible way.