I think the technical details of this question go beyond math.SE, but anyway I'll give it a try. I notice that, when browsing questions, the page range that a user can select from are, in general, the first, the last and an interval around the page you are on, for example you get to choose from a list like this: $[1]\cdots[23][24][25][26][27]\cdots[321]$. In this manner is very difficult to browse in the between space of these questions. Could it be a good idea to modify this "choice range" offering also two intermediate numbers, one between page 1 and the page you are on, and another between the page you are on and the last page?


Would these intermediate number be something in the middle, like below? $$[1]\cdots [12] \cdots [23][24][25][26][27]\cdots [174] \cdots [321]$$ Then I think this is more confusing than helpful. Why $174$, the browsing user will ask -- is there anything special about that page of results? And what if I want page $96$ instead?

If in the process of browsing you want to jump to page number N, you can do that by changing page=25 (or whatever the current page is) in the URL to page=N and hitting Enter.

  • $\begingroup$ Yes, the list would look exactly as you have written. The average user might be confused, but here on math.SE it could be understood and appreciated, don't you think? :) $\endgroup$ – marco trevi Oct 2 '14 at 18:18
  • $\begingroup$ It seems that ideally there'll be a textbox where you can input the page number into the results. But that sounds like something that you are going to write into a script later today. Gogogo! $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Oct 2 '14 at 18:24
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila There's already a textbox, provided by the browser at the top of the page. The only inconvenience I see is that when you are on the first page, the page number is suppressed in the URL. This might be my next feature request on Meta.SE. $\endgroup$ – user147263 Oct 2 '14 at 18:49

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