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Dear whoever invented the 'scroll down from the bottom of a news story and suddenly you are reading a completely unrelated one' thing on websites:

Please invent a time machine so you can go back and tell your younger self that this was a terrible idea.

@natecull make sure you tell them that infinite scrolling was a bad idea too. Thanks.

@qwazix I think infinite scrolling is okay for stuff that is all of one type... like posts or comments... but it definitely should have URL selectors into it, and should update the URL bar each time you scroll to a new post. Otherwise ugh just no.

@natecull it often breaks back-button navigation: When you are 2-3 "pages" down, click on a link and then hit [back] only the first page loads and the browser just goes to the bottom, instead of where you were. So when you browse for example a list of blog posts you have to always open in new tab if you don't want to lose your position. This is a pain on mobile not to mention that occasionally mobile browsers unload background tabs...

@natecull it's the good ol' infini-scroll feed we all know and "love" from Succesful™ Businesses® like birdsite and the blue f.

@natecull I'm sure it works perfectly well for its goal, which is to increase "articles read" counters in the site's tracking, which in turn increases its value to advertisers.
Being actually useful for your users is barely related to website design anymore.

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I fear that such a time machine would dump them at a random point in space-time directly after they talked to their former self (and at the end of every subsequent conversation).

@natecull I can frequently undo this by either:

1. Blocking JS on the site.
2. Extreme CSS surgery and nuking any elements not associated with the primary story.

I just did this on ... fuck, I don't even remember what damned site it was, but scrolling down sufficiently *TOOK ME OFF THE FUCKING PAGE I WAS READING ENTIRELY.*

Jesus. Fucking. Christ.

Oh, and I've discovered, reading the NY Times in w3m, THAT THE TIMES DOESN'T PUT LINK TEXT WITH THEIR LINKS ANY MORE IN THEIR BASIC HTML PAGE.

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