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Every now and then I remember that there are actually links to other questions on the right hand side. For people who don't know: Whenever you post a URL to another question, the question that links the other will be listed on the right hand side of the target question:

Here is an example of what I am talking about:

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As you can see, linked questions are not very prominent on that page and I really wish they were!

There are several reasons why I think these links should be more visible on a questions' page:

  • Users might find related questions faster
  • Users might become encouraged to link related questions more often
  • It's more natural (imo) to see linked questions before blogs or job offers

This issue came to my mind a few times in the past already and I finally took the time to bring it up on meta.

What do people think about this?

I really think that we're missing some potential here.

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    Well, the ads push it down a LOT. Legit business decision of course, but good point. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Jan 23 at 8:18
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    Considering ads are the reason they're down so far, the alternative would be making it wider. Which leaves less screen real-estate for even more important parts. So, I think leaving it be is actually the best option here. Unless they're willing to remove that useless piece of white on the left of the screen... – Mast Jan 23 at 8:20
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    @Shadow9 Yes, I guess the ads are a necessity. I am not a (good) UI designer but I'd see the left hand side as a place where these links could be? I just wanted to bring it up because even though I know they are there, I keep forgetting they are and forget to look for them every now and then. – displayname Jan 23 at 8:20
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    Left sidebar is for navigation, while Linked Questions are links, it's not really part of the site navigation itself, so not sure it fits. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Jan 23 at 8:23
  • @Mast Honestly, I think they could change places with the list of blog posts. If I land on a question and it's not what I was looking for, I'd look to the right and see if there are question titles which might sound right for me. – displayname Jan 23 at 8:23
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    @Shadow9 There's probably a good reason why the leave so much space on the left side. I just wanted to bring it up in a discussion - maybe people have some ideas. – displayname Jan 23 at 8:27
  • @Shadow9 I was actually thinking of shrinking that piece of white, not putting the links there. – Mast Jan 23 at 8:28
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    Of-course, if the ads are too far down, an ad-blocker does fix that. Not saying that's a good idea, but it does work. – Mast Jan 23 at 8:44
  • @Mast I usually turn off the ad blocker for pages I want to support :D – displayname Jan 23 at 10:29
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Yes, it should be more visible.

My suggestion: add a link to the existing list on top of the question, besides the Asked, Active, and Viewed stats:

Mockup with link to linked questions

This isn't intrusive, doesn't clutter the page, and clicking it will auto scroll to the proper location.

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    Ah, that's a good idea actually! – displayname Jan 23 at 10:29
  • But doesn't this give the linked question more prominence than they need? The fact that a question has or hasn't links is honestly irrelevant to see as a stat. The biggest problem is that "linked" is quite sketchy to begin with - posting the URL to another question in a comment will link the two...but if the comment was responding to something else, so it's not relevant to the question but rather to a different context. Dropping the comment leaves the link, too, so you now have a link but it serves nobody looking at the question itself. – VLAZ Jan 23 at 15:27

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