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Since there are no other commonly used text inputs on the main list of questions (ignore tags, anyone?), how about focusing on the search input by default?

The behaviour of the inline "search" label would have to change slightly, but it should be simple enough and it will save most usersusers with a mouse a click.

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Just tab and you are there. –  Ladybug Killer Sep 29 '10 at 19:38
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I sure hate users who scroll with their keyboards, don't you, Fresh? –  XMLbog Sep 29 '10 at 20:30
    
Why the downvote? Whether tabbing or clicking: it's one unnecessary action. @Toronto: Yes, and I would have responded sooner but I had to tab to the Add Comment button. –  pate Sep 29 '10 at 21:17
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I gave this a downvote because I don't agree with it. Votes on Meta are used to indicate agree/disagree - nothing more, nothing less. –  Mark Henderson Sep 29 '10 at 23:47
    
I agree this is a very stupid idea, if people would like to use search they would use google, they should ask questions and NOT search for answers like some noobs. We will find answers for them! –  IAdapter Jan 1 '11 at 11:14

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When I land on the SOFU homepage, one of the first things I do is hit the SPACEBAR to scroll the page. And if you're not a space scroller, then I bet there's a shitload of people who are page up and page down scrollers. This breaks that too. Oh, and the end and home keys won't work either.

If I was focussed on the search box, then I would be typing a space in the search box, and where'd be the point in that? I'd come here complaining that the SOFU family of sites breaks the expected behavour of every other website on the intertron.

Search engines are of course the exception to this rule. But SOFU is not a search engine.

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Thanks for clearing that up. –  pate Sep 30 '10 at 8:52

I don't see why we can't have our cake and eat it too. Put the focus in the search field; scrolling keys like PgUp and PgDn could be trapped and made to do the right thing. Since a space makes no sense as the first character of a search, even the space bar can be handled this way.

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