Here's a trivial observation about pagination (specifically in StackOverflow, but I guess it applies throughout StackExchange)...

Presently, pagination at the bottom of the page looks something like this:

prev  1 ...  7  8  9 10 11 ... 53 next

I think it would be more convenient it if went something more like this...

prev  1 ...  8  9 10 ... 22 ... 53 next

and then, if 22 was selected

prev  1 ...  11 ... 21 22 23 ... 38 ... 53 next

That said, I appreciate that people have probably got more useful things to attend to - as, I suppose, have I - I'll get my coat.

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    This might be a stupid question, but it isn't clear to me *how this is supposed to improve pagination. Do you usually jump into a page in the middle?
    – Oded
    Aug 8, 2016 at 11:56
  • ... And why 22 and 38? They're not even a set distance away from the current page with 22 being 13 pages away and 38 being 16 pages away... it's completely random.
    – Catija
    Aug 8, 2016 at 15:53
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    The actual numbers aren't relevant. It's the principle of having an option other than 'next page' and 'end'
    – Strawberry
    Aug 8, 2016 at 15:57

2 Answers 2


I wonder which navigation path you are following. It does seem a nice addition, but only if you are looking for a specific page. Did you ever do that? Why?

Personally I don't think I would use this much, I usually go left-to-right or to the end immediately and then right-to-left. I never actually wanted to go half-way.

  • I was idly looking for answers that had received a certain number of upvotes (2 to be precise), so I had to wade through 1s and 0s first. I know, first world problems, right?
    – Strawberry
    Aug 8, 2016 at 13:35
  • Why didn't you search for score:2..2 then? Aug 8, 2016 at 13:35
  • Because I'm a numpty :-$
    – Strawberry
    Aug 8, 2016 at 13:38

You can also switch to any page you like by messing with the URL.


Change the 4 after "page" in the URL to any number you like to see whichever page you want.

So, for page 30:


There's no need to change the UI to something random just for this rare use.

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