I came across a great (long) Q, with great (long) answers, several bounties awarded, a pleasure to read.
From the tags, and the first few lines of the Q it was not clear to me, whether I would enjoy it, or even read till the end. (¹).
At the end of the Question, I knew I wanted to up-vote, but already seeing the first/next answer, and that it has >0 score, makes me continue scrolling down and continue my reading flow instead of scrolling up to up-vote the just-read question or answer.
So I arrive at the bottom of the page, have 5+ new browser-tabs open, and now have to curb my burning curiosity to go scrolling up several screens to hunt for 3 up-vote buttons.
Many times my curiosity wins, I read the next tabs, forget/postpone to up-vote, and next time my Firefox updates, I close the accumulated 400+ tabs, and thousands in rep are lost.
How can we fix this?
I see several options (perhaps with a choice in the user-settings):
- Dynamically reposition the vote buttons to always be in view
- Add an up-vote button also near the bottom right of the post
- Add a Keyboard Shortcut for up-voting, (or document it better, if exists)
Option 1 might be doable with some simple CSS/JS, implemented on your side, but somebody might have already make a user-script for this?
Option 2 is the one I would prefer. To the left of the post-author tag at the bottom of the post you could easily add an up-vote button/indicator.
Option 3 I would also like, but that might be tricky to implement. "Which of the 2 answers currently partially visible on his screen does he want to up-vote?"
Note 1: I posted this on Meta.U&L, because I do most of my reading and voting here, but this applies to all SE sites, and as such I do not object to any mod moves.
Note 2: This could be seen as a "bug" in the user-experience, so I also bug ed.
(1) It's a Q about an aspect of CD Video-Game ripping on Windows10. (An interesting aspect, as it turns out, not not only applicable to video games)
I stumbled on this, because it was linked to from a HNP Meta Q