Editor, Dandelion Salad
Nov. 4, 2013
Before I start complaining about this new feature, I’d like to say that it is a good idea. It’s what I do for almost every blog post: put links to previous posts that are related to the current one. However, I select which previous posts to list at the end of the blog posts.
The new feature, of course, is computer generated, so the list of posts may or may not be “related”. There is no way to remove these links either. The links do not appear until the post is published, so we don’t know which links will be listed under “Related”.
WordPress.com users already have a feature to use called Zemanta, which also gives a list of possibly related posts both on WordPress.com and other websites. We have the choice to put these links on our blog posts or not. This feature is located under “Users”, “Personal Settings”, then click the box under “Additional Post Content”. After that, click on “Screen Options” from within the Blog Editor and click “Recommendations”. *
If anyone would like to comment further, there is a Forum post made earlier today.
Updated: Nov. 5, 2013
According to a staff person on WordPress.com on another Forum post, this is how to turn off this new feature:
[…] Settings -> Reading in your Dashboard (wp-admin/options-reading.php) and going to the “Related Posts” section.
However, for some unknown reason, it is not located there. Hopefully it will be fixed soon.
Updated: Nov. 6, 2013
It is now fixed, so one can turn this feature off now. Yeah!
Updated: Feb. 25, 2014
* WordPress.com discontinued Zemanta, so if you’d like to use it, please click the link and add your blog from their website.