When there are long pages, it takes a longer time to get back to the top.
A circular button in the bottom right corner with the label "Top" would be good, which could appear a few seconds after scrolling away from the top. The mobile beta site solves this by showing a fixed position button in the bottom right corner. The size is important, where it should be big enough that it could be pressable (48x48 is the suggestion by the Material Design Google Specs, and 44x44 by the old Apple iOS Human Interface Guidelines, but can't seem to find that anymore), but not too big that it could be accidentally pressed by accident (this defeats the purpose of the button by making it harder to scroll through pages).
We should work out what to do with this feature.
After a round of user testing of a number of different designs T193772: [Research] In-article navigation user testing, we have decided to go forward with promoting the sticky header prototype for in-article navigation
Design & prototype
- Build and test sticky headers (Q1 2018)
- Deploy to beta (remove back to top button) (Q1 2018)
- Build instrumentation and test feature (Q1-Q2 2018)
- Discuss changes with communities (Q1-Q2 2018)
- Promote out of beta (Q2-Q3 2018)