I was trying to find a duplicate for a recent post, so I checked one of the "Related" links, which landed me on another post that wasn't quite what I was looking for. So from there, once again I check one of the related links, and it turns up a pretty bad post that was rightfully closed as "Not a Real Question".
I'm not asking how posts are considered related, but why are there "junk" posts showing up in the "Related" links? The question has no answers, and was closed two months ago for what may be the most "negative" option we currently have: Not a real question (NARQ).
I will note that this post had no downvotes until I cast mine. Was this the only thing keeping it in circulation?
I feel that "related" posts should try to be helpful in some way. What are the criteria for being allowed a slot in the related column? Should it be more stringent? For instance, not allowing questions closed as NARQ?
EDIT: Showing vote counts might give some indication of the value of the post, but doesn't prevent NARQ/off-topic questions from appearing in the first place, taking up a slot for something actually useful.
I've found this can be a good way to find posts eligible for the "Delete" button, but since not all users can do this - it isn't very valuable for this purpose alone.
I came back to bump the question because I still encounter this problem daily, clicking "related" links to help the asker, and finding closed garbage posts. Is this type of content legitimate sidebar fodder? Any comments or solutions to this? Is the auto-deletion of negative score posts enough of a solution, and we can close this feature request?