Landor LeBaron wrote:This has been bothering me for ages.
I registered and logged in and now I see page numbers at the bottom.
Logged out users only see a minimum set of functionality...
Jaikiran Pai wrote:Logged out users only see a minimum set of functionality and that implies no pagination links at the bottom of the page but are only available on page top.
John Polk wrote:Enjoy full functionality each time you visit. See what you are missing.
Landor LeBaron wrote:[
What is the purpose of having this off for unauthenticated users? The tiny block of code is not saving that much bandwidth or cpu and the usability benefit is massive.
Now that I know I can get bottom pagination while being logged in, I will be browsing the site authenticated which turns on all the bells an whistles, just to get the bottom pagination. Oh the horror of wasted and mutilated data and cpu resources.
I have seen people on here mention in a reply that only after they discovered the pagination at the top were they able to get the whole story.
How many people are just lost?
Jaikiran Pai wrote:
Landor, this doesn't have anything to do with CPU or bandwidth. It's more of a SEO thing. Non logged in users include search/index bots too (for example google bot) and having those links at multiple places apparently hurts SEO.
Having said that, we are willing to think of switching the pagination links from the top of the page to the bottom of page for non-logged in users, since that perhaps a is a better idea because the users typically look for a pagination link when they have read the last post on that page.
Landor LeBaron wrote:
Sooo I believe it is important to have pagination at the top as well as the bottom and that there are only benefits, which is to say it is devoid of detriment.
Jaikiran Pai wrote:
Now like I said, there are ways to let the user know that the thread spans multiple pages. Based on inputs from some others, I think one way to do this is to have the pagination link at the bottom of the page for non logged in users and at the top of the thread show a message which states that the threads span multiple pages, links for which are available at the bottom of the thread or they can login to get the links both at the top and the bottom of the thread.