I've noticed, lately, that on upvoting a question the permalink of this question is shown and selected.


Normally, after upvoting a question, I use the arrow key to read the answers. With the focus on the selected permalink, the page doesn't scroll.

As I haven't clicked on the [link] link, this is unexpected behavior and should be avoided.

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    +1: I don't know if I've seen the (lack of) scrolling behavior (with Safari on OSX Leopard) but I've most certainly seen the inappropriate link dialog being triggered. Aug 8, 2011 at 22:11
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    When seeing this question i nearly automatically clicked on the 'close' link. Nov 5, 2011 at 22:13
  • I think this functionality (the pop over) is fine but I don't care for it stealing focus...
    – Ben Brocka
    May 23, 2012 at 18:34
  • @BenBrocka, Hi Ben, nice to see you here. I agree with you.
    – GUI Junkie
    May 23, 2012 at 20:29
  • Think it's worth a separate feature request? It's clear the box is intended, the focus stealing seems more...bleh
    – Ben Brocka
    May 23, 2012 at 20:53
  • @BenBrocka, funny you should mention, but I did... this suggestion was first heavily downvoted, but has 3 votes at this moment.
    – GUI Junkie
    May 23, 2012 at 20:57

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This is by design -- certain recent "hot" questions will prompt you to share them upon upvoting.

This happens at random a certain percentage of the time.

  • OK, that's cool. It just happened to me twice.
    – GUI Junkie
    Aug 8, 2011 at 22:12
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    Not sure about anyone else, but I find these prompts incredibly annoying. Nov 16, 2011 at 5:15
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    I'd have to agree with @CamJackson and posted another meta question similar to this one, they are confusing and should be able to be dismissed easier. I dont think I will ever ever have reason to facebook or twitter a question randomly!
    – Toby Allen
    Dec 4, 2011 at 21:20
  • I third this. Perhaps a short(!) timer could be put on the share box...
    – user66001
    Jan 9, 2013 at 4:11

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