That’s probably the key point to me. With infinitely scrolling pages and the idea that I could have multiple topics open at once… making finding the title of the current discussion an active behavior seems like a bad idea.
I totally agree.
You’d know what topic you entered when clicking a link in the place (I mean, do you just go randomly clicking links? Well okay, some people do and to those people, I say you’re a bit reckless and maybe this would be a bit harsh but you deserve whatever happens to your computer for doing so) but for those who get lost and senile while reading (because it happens), a tiny little scroll upwards wouldn’t hurt. People tend to do that naturally any way. I watch and observe how people generally use their mouse and the way they scroll. When you make that little effort to scroll up its like diving into the pool and the scroll upwards is like coming for air. That’s one way I can explain this.
On a side note:
And this is a general statement and my opinion; When those that talk about UX try to use big words and hit you with all these scientific algorithms as to why a user does what they do - well sure theres psychology to all of this - but in the end when it comes down to it, its all common sense and theres a fairly logical approach to how you know when you’ve hindered or increased UX. My general rule of thumb is that if a 9 year old can navigate the site, then you’re good to go and keep it pushing. I would say an 8 year old could navigate this particular site so with that said, you all are doing quite well…
Everything we do on the web is an active behavior to some degree or other. For those who need a reminder as to what topic they are viewing, scrolling upward by a few millimeters in order to see the current title does not seem like a significant effort.
I’m all for the idea, on both desktop and mobile.
Desktop yeah, mobile, not so much…
Disagree. I don’t like auto hiding headers. The header has useful info and controls.
Sure it does, but wheres your argument?
###So, that said, here’s a solution.
For desktop, I suggest implementing something like headroom.js. From my experience, this provides both increased readability and general user experience. Because the main focus is the content itself, the extra
63px shaved off when not needed can improve this.
EDIT: @justinmayer already suggested this.
For mobile, you can either keep the persistent fixed header the way it is (because generally I see no problem with it as it currently stands (perhaps make a few UI changes i.e. making navigation a tad bit smaller overall while keeping the same UX), or implement a sidebar with the logo in a fixed floating position acting as the sidebar opener.
Any other alternative approaches would definitely be “wild” if you catch my drift.