Trying to scroll invisible elements into view is slow. It would be faster not to try to scroll them. ;)
In UploadWizard, for every upload, we create (among a lot of other things) a DropdownWidget of languages and call .getMenu().selectItemByData( … ) (see code in uw.DescriptionDetailsWidget). This causes SelectWidget/OptionWidget to attempt to scroll the newly selected option into view. However, unless the dropdown is open (which it can't be at this point), this does nothing at all, and takes around ~10 ms. When we have 50 uploads, that adds up to half a second of unnecessary delay.