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Discussion on: What would your opinion be of a "reading position" indicator on DEV?

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Jason C. McDonald • Edited

I actually think it would be a good idea. Everyone is mentioning that they "just use the scrollbar", but there's one major problem with that: Right now, with the comments section, the bottom of the article is only 1/4 of the way down!

There are a lot of times that I want to know roughly where I am in the article. It's a side effect of my ongoing focus issues. When I start feeling burned out, I have to decide if I'm going to keep reading. I can scroll down to see "how much farther", but I risk losing my position, and I may not remember anyway! Times like that, I just stop reading.

Based on all that, I have another hypothesis: would such a feature reduce skimming?

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Ben Sinclair

Also some people are stuck using operating systems that hide the scrollbar.

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JedDevs • Edited

My personel issue with it is it makes me want to finish quicker when im no where near the end or even close to the end while without it I sucker it up and find it less distracting.

But I can see how people like it, and maybe my reason isn't very common so if it is implemented i'd much prefer it be optional as it ruins my reading experience.

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Jason C. McDonald

"Optional" seems like the best approach to me!

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JedDevs • Edited

After having read a fair amount of the comments I agree. Disabled as default, especially after having read the "busy but unclutured" reply. 👍