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Is there a way to search for posts linked to other posts?

Analogous to Wikipedia, I think it would be helpful to be able to see when someone links to your question/answer.

In form of a notification and/or in form of a page that lists the cross references. What do you think - would something like this be doable or at least useful?

EDIT: What I mean is a representation of site-internal linking that shows which questions the community thinks are related.

  • Dupe: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/40463/…
    – juan
    Commented Mar 18, 2010 at 23:34
  • Wow, I can vote to close my own question, but I can't actually close it. Weird.
    – Tomalak
    Commented Mar 18, 2010 at 23:43
  • Yes, the concept of ownership is quite different here, you can't even delete your questions if there are upvoted answers in it
    – juan
    Commented Mar 18, 2010 at 23:45
  • @Downvoter: Well, it's not exactly a dupe. I am looking for a "push" feature, not a "pull" approach like a Google Search. I tagged it feature-request for a reason, this is not a how-to question.
    – Tomalak
    Commented Mar 18, 2010 at 23:47
  • ok, there needs to be 2 more close votes, perhaps it'll remain open
    – juan
    Commented Mar 18, 2010 at 23:54
  • The other question asks a how-to question, but is tagged feature-request. <shrug>
    – Jon Seigel
    Commented Mar 19, 2010 at 0:20

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A link-back list would not bring any benefit for the main audience in using the site IMO - if it would, it would have been asked for already. It is not trivial to implement - would bind SO developer resources for quite some time.

You can use Google's "links to" function to find pages that link to a certain URL. I think this will do the trick in most cases already.

Edit: I didn't realize you mean SO internal links mainly. That I find not bad an idea (see the comment.)

  • No, it won't. It will not inform me when someone mentions one of my posts, and it will not improve the page value. A list of actual cross links on a page is definitely more helpful than a list of "possibly related" questions that, let's face it, doesn't work very well.
    – Tomalak
    Commented Mar 19, 2010 at 0:05
  • Hmmm...I find some really nice serendipity in the "Related" links. On the other hand my interest in a linkback feature is purely from vanity (not withstanding the risk that no one every links to my work ::begins sobbing quietly in the corner::). Commented Mar 19, 2010 at 0:19
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    So you are saying there would be no value in seeing a list of questions that the community believes are related to the current one? I have to strongly disagree with you on that. While I agree that this may not be trivial, but I also doubt this would be difficult.
    – Zoredache
    Commented Mar 19, 2010 at 1:23
  • @Zoredache I initially thought he meant linking in general, I didn't realize he means SO internal linking. Hmm. I can see some value in that. I still doubt it will produce many useful questions - as in "related to the issue of the current question". There may be too much noise. Anyway, I concede it's not an entirely bad idea.
    – Pekka
    Commented Mar 19, 2010 at 1:55

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