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steelmarket's avatar

Wouldn't it be cool if, when you click on Dr. J at the bottom of each screen, it took you back to the top of that page?

Asked by steelmarket (3593 points ) February 13th, 2009

Especially when you are the bottom of one of those really long threads.

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Harp's avatar

Yes, some kind of “back to top” link would be great on long threads

eponymoushipster's avatar

I was thinking the exact same thing last night.

dynamicduo's avatar

No, because I click on Dr J to go back to the main Fluther page. This is a solid convention in web design – the logo leads to the main page. Breaking conventions is how you start designing artistic or crappy websites. Keeping with conventions that web users are familiar with (such as the navigation menu being on the left or top of the page) makes it easier for new users to use the website, and Fluther has a desire to make the site easy to use for newbies, since the addiction starts with the user posting their first comment :)

While a “top of page” link may be nice, you can simply hold your Page Up button for a few seconds and you’ll be right at the top. Amazingly enough, this method contains a second bonus function: hold the Page Down button for a few seconds and you’ll be right at the bottom of the page! There we go, something that would have taken two links to implement actually already exists :)

There are also the Home and End buttons that do the same, but with only one press.

One last point – there could be a “Top of Page”/“Bottom of Page” link put in to the iPhone version of the site, since they have no Page Up buttons, and I can’t imagine having to scroll through that poop thread with my finger.

TenaciousDenny's avatar

Teleportation would be cooler.

forestGeek's avatar

I agree, there should be a link to go back to the top.

eponymoushipster's avatar

What if you don’t have Page Up/Page Down? at the very least a “Back to Top” link would be helpful

jlm11f's avatar

As dynamicduo stated, when at the bottom of a thread and you want to go to the top of the page, just press “Home” (on the keyboard)

eponymoushipster's avatar

Again, don’t have a “home” key.

Jeruba's avatar

“Dr. J”?

dynamicduo's avatar

@eponymoushipster, are you on an iPod?

Oh, @steelmarket, I now see the little Dr J at the bottom of the page. I thought you were talking about overriding the big Dr J. I will still stand by my previous position though. It’d be better to put a text link instead of making it hidden via linking the mini Dr J to the top of the page, because new users wouldn’t know that Mini Dr J was a link to the top of the page.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@eponymoushipster why dont you have a home button?

Jeruba's avatar

Thanks, @Harp. I thought maybe so, but the image at the bottom of the page is not hot-linked.

arnbev959's avatar

I think it would be cool if when you clicked on the little Dr J it brought you to the home page, and if you clicked on the smallest of the little orange fish, it brought you to the top of the page.

eponymoushipster's avatar

I’m on a PowerBook 13”. no home or page buttons. if i fire up my bluetooth keyboard i have those, but that’s not too often.

steelmarket's avatar

OK, OK. I get it.
So, wouldn’t it be cool if, when you click on the little fish at the bottom of each screen, it took you back to the top of that page? Great idea, @pete.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@eponymoushipster and yet again macs fail

eponymoushipster's avatar

@uberbatman nah, it’s just because i got the smallest laptop i could. my full keyboard has it. but regardless, having a link at the bottom would help.

90s_kid's avatar

Yes! I am sick of scrolling waay back up.

eponymoushipster's avatar

Ok. i wrote a greasemonkey script to put a link down there. it’s kinda hokey, but i did it.

and it works like a charm.

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