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The "related questions" list displayed next to our questions leads to irrelevant hits in search engines. It is necessary to hide the "related" column from external search engines to get rid of those irrelevant links.

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closed as not constructive by Martijn Pieters, BinaryMisfit, Bo Persson, Andrew Barber, kiamlaluno Oct 31 '12 at 16:48

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I have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. Care to expand your question a bit? – Yannis Oct 31 '12 at 12:37
@YannisRizos I think he means that the list of related questions leads to irrelevant hits in search engines. – Mad Scientist Oct 31 '12 at 12:40
For which no evidence is given at all.. Some examples would help this question, otherwise I'm voting to close it as not-a-question. – Martijn Pieters Oct 31 '12 at 12:42
@MadScientist Well, I've never seen it, if anything it's the opposite. – Yannis Oct 31 '12 at 12:43
Mad Scientist, you are right. – KonstantinL Oct 31 '12 at 12:55
Logically, for this to be a problem the contents in the related box would have to be incorrect or inaccurate. So it's not a problem with Google.. it's a problem with the related content – Mike B Oct 31 '12 at 15:33

Who says it is necessary?

First, who says search results of external search engines needs improvement? Are you aware of the frequent situation where someone searches Google to find information to answer a new question, and finds that question itself as one of the highest-rated results?

Second, what's to say that those related posts don't actually help, by providing more context? (They are, after all, "Related"... not "nonrelevant"(sic)

In short; I think your premise is incorrect from the start.

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All "related" articles are indexed in their turns. Additional links to them ("related" articles) will not help the user, but will oppositely fog the links the user actually searching for. – KonstantinL Oct 31 '12 at 13:07
@KonstantinL Is that something you've observed? And if so, can you please provide a couple of examples? Obviously the related questions are indexed, but "fog the links the user actually searching" they do not... They are related questions after all, at least some of them should be relevant to what you're actually searching for. – Yannis Oct 31 '12 at 13:09
@KonstantinL The additional links to related articles most certainly helps me, the user, every day. As for 'fogging the links', I echo Yannis there. – Andrew Barber Oct 31 '12 at 13:11
Example #1: Search in Google: "metro appbar localization". Third result has nothing with localization but shown in the search result just because of the link in "Related". – KonstantinL Oct 31 '12 at 13:19
@KonstantinL Did you look at the totality of the results? Or that the word "local" is in the question in question? – Andrew Barber Oct 31 '12 at 13:24
@KonstantinL Hm? I'm only seeing one SO question in the first page of the results for "metro appbar localization" and it's relevant. I've switched to incognito mode to avoid Google's personalized searches, and I'm seeing the same results. The third result in both searches is a msdn link. Can you please update your question with examples, including links to your searches and perhaps screenshots? – Yannis Oct 31 '12 at 13:28
@YannisRizos This is the result KonstantinL refers to – Andrew Barber Oct 31 '12 at 13:29
I see that the result #3 is less relevant than #4, #5 and so on. – KonstantinL Oct 31 '12 at 13:31
@KonstantinL I don't see that at all. #4 and #5 aren't related to Localization, either. – Andrew Barber Oct 31 '12 at 13:32
@KonstantinL The only question I see in the first page of results when searching for "metro appbar localization" is this one:…. Is "metro appbar localization" your exact search string? Again, if you update your question with links to your searches and screenshots of the results, it would be very helpful. – Yannis Oct 31 '12 at 13:34
@KonstantinL Yes; what Yannis said; Please update the question with the information, rather than posting more in the comments here. – Andrew Barber Oct 31 '12 at 13:39

From the site's POV, any hit from google that brings traffic is welcomed, so..

If you are talking about the hit-miss ratio of "related content" as a function of in-site navigation, then that would be a separate matter.

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I didn't down vote this, but I'm not sure it addresses the question asked. The OP is suggesting that the list of "Related" posts to the right is causing false-matches in search engines. – Andrew Barber Oct 31 '12 at 13:25

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