Nothing against references. But they need to make sense.
Let's say it's 100 years after DS9. Why should anyone really care about the name of the Captain of the earliest slipstream drive ship? Unless she did something truly spectacular, regular joe wouldn't know her. And what requires her to be mentioned by name?
But if it's done in a logical, natural fashion, they can make the references pour in all they want, as long as they want, as many as they want, as hard as they want.