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WTF!!

Explanation please?

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Can you link a question to itself and have it show up in the list? meta.stackexchange.com/questions/48076/… –  James McNellis Apr 28 '10 at 19:19
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Your hand-drawn circle is not pixelated enough... –  Eric Jun 6 '10 at 20:29
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@Eric that's cause I use gimp and not MSPaint. One has antialiasing and one doesn't.. –  Earlz Jun 6 '10 at 21:50
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up vote 19 down vote accepted

The Linked sidebar is very straightforward: it gathers up any links to this question provided by the community via comments, answers, or questions, and presents them in simple list format on the right-hand side of the question. It’s important to note that these links are bi-directional — that is, if another question links to this one, the link will be listed on both questions.

See Stackoverflow Blog for new linked posts

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I figured this is what it is, am I the only person that thinks things should be announced on Meta and the blog? (I didn't search the blog first, I just magically found the side bar) –  Earlz Apr 28 '10 at 4:00
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+1 for finding it! –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Apr 28 '10 at 4:07
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@Earlz But it is on the blog... –  waiwai933 Apr 28 '10 at 4:53
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@Earlz It was also announced on Meta - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/40463/… . Very weakly announced, but announced nonetheless. –  Grace Note Apr 28 '10 at 12:24
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Actually... just noticed... he announced it several times on meta. Kinda makes this proposal that much more attractive. –  Grace Note Apr 28 '10 at 15:31
    
You can find more info on the behavior of this sidebar in this post by Grace Note. –  Nick Chammas Nov 1 '11 at 23:43
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Unintuitive as it may seem, if the question or any of its answers link to another SO question, the link will automatically appear in the Linked sidebar.

Also, the link will work backwards - if you go to that question, you will see a link here.

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I guess the "Whoa" really applies to this example...

Long list of linked questions

(Ah, apparently there's a limit of 50 links now.)

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I think there needs to be a limit on the number of links provided. Maybe 20? –  Tyler Carter Apr 28 '10 at 18:30
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