I feel like I subconsciously ignore the "Linked" section to the right of questions.

Is it just me, or would it be a good idea if it stood out more prominently?

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    not just you. I agree ... I also ignore it quite often, if feels like information overload
    – waffles
    Nov 24, 2011 at 23:08
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    It's hard to distinguish from the usually useless and unrelated "Related" section. +1
    – user154510
    Nov 24, 2011 at 23:12
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    I never noticed it, I had no idea it existed until I read this.
    – Kevin
    Nov 25, 2011 at 2:36
  • @Matthew I dunno, I often find 'Related' a useful provider of 'close as duplicate' candidates
    – AakashM
    Nov 25, 2011 at 11:32

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Of course you ignore it. It's in the right-hand sidebar. That's where ads live.

IMHO, that's just fine, most of the time - after all, if you're focusing on the main content area you'll probably see the very same links since that's where they come from...

I look over at the "Linked" and "Related" sections when I'm trying to track down a post and my search brings up something similar but not quite what I want - often enough, those two sidebar tools will lead me to it. But I wouldn't want them intruding on my view once I have found the page I want to read. That's the sort of dirty trick ads like to pull.

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    I don't want them intruding either, but it has happened more than once where I've been glad to have accidentally glanced there -- there's useful stuff there sometimes.
    – user541686
    Nov 25, 2011 at 3:05
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    "Linked" also lists incoming links, so it's not the same as in the main content. Especially the section might lead to other questions that were closed as duplicates but still might contain useful answers.
    – sth
    Nov 25, 2011 at 7:01
  • @sth: yeah, inbound links won't necessarily appear anywhere else. But there you're back to "give me related stuff" again (or piles of questions closed as duplicates of the current one). Useful enough, but still not worth making it intrusive IMHO.
    – Shog9
    Nov 25, 2011 at 18:08

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