awkward navigation of discussion forums
I've been browsing through various forum posts, but I've found it a little cumbersome due to the following behaviour.
- I scroll down the list of posts for something that takes my interest and I click on it
- I read it
- I then click 'back' button in my browser, but then the list of posts reloads page and positions it back to the top of the page.
I would have expected/preferred it to go back to the page of posts and preserve the location I had scrolled to on that page.
Instead, it repositions the page back to the top, and I have to scroll down back to where I was before.
The deeper down in the history of a forum topic you go, the more irritating this manual re-scrolling gets.
Any chance this could be rectified, as the existing behaviour discourages new users such as myself from exploring older posts.
That makes me wonder, why does the site force a page refresh upon using the back button? Websites that don't enforce such a refresh work the way we expect by default.
My guess is they might've enforced a refresh to ensure you see a list of all the latest posts? If so, I'd be content to just manually refresh the page at a time of my choosing rather than it being enforced.
This has never been a problem to me. When I'm scrolling down the list of posts and I see something that takes my interest, I DON'T click on it with the mouse left button, but rather with the middle button ( I know plenty of people aren't aware of this "feature", but you can actually click using your scroll wheel on most mouses). This'll open the post in another tab of the browser. After I'm done with it, I simply close the tab and go back to the tab with the list of posts (which has not been re-positioned but is actually where I'd left it). I hope this simple solution can help you. :)