Google has confirmed the reports of the removal of the “not selected” filter within Google Webmaster Tool’s Index Status report.
Google’s John Mueller said it was removed because it “was causing more confusion than actually helping webmasters with their sites.”
Here is the comment from Google’s John Mueller, a Webmaster Trends Analysts in Google Zurich.
Yep, this was removed on purpose since it was causing more confusion than actually helping webmasters with their sites.
Previously, the “not selected” would mean either:
It redirects to another page
It has a rel=”canonical” to another page
Our algorithms have detected that its contents are substantially similar to another URL and picked the other URL to represent the content.
This news come shortly after many reports of Google Webmaster Tools having issues with reporting the number of links pointing to a site.