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 '11 at 23:08
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    It's hard to distinguish from the usually useless and unrelated "Related" section. +1 – user154510 Nov 24 '11 at 23:12
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    I never noticed it, I had no idea it existed until I read this. – Kevin Nov 25 '11 at 2:36
  • @Matthew I dunno, I often find 'Related' a useful provider of 'close as duplicate' candidates – AakashM Nov 25 '11 at 11:32

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 '11 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 '11 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 '11 at 18:08

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