are you sure? because that would be even more annoying - to have the menu banner drop down into my way when i was…
…oh, wait: i see what’s happening: we’re using different points of reference for what is scrolling “up” and what is scrolling “down”.
…which in turn may be an interesting psychological side-effect of using the Mac’s “natural scroll direction” setting for one’s trackpad.
i’m using Firefox 45.0.1 under Mac OS X v. 10.11.3 and, after years of only being confused by it, have finally wrapped my mind around using the Mac OS’s “natural scroll direction” setting for my pointing devices. with the result that brushing upward on the trackpad or the top surface of the Magic Mouse causes content to move upward on my screen (as if my fingers were pushing a piece of paper - hence Apple calling it “natural” scroll direction)…as a result of all of which i call that “scrolling up.” but it’s what i think i used to call “scrolling down” because it brings into view the content that’s lower down on the page (and i used to do it by moving my fingers downward instead of upward).
so yes - directionally, it’s working the way you describe; i’m just using different mechanics to achieve the same end. that clarified, we can proceed:
what i find annoying is mainly the sensitivity of the menu banner, which means that if i scroll down (using your directional reference) and then manually stop the scrolling (as opposed to brushing the trackpad to scroll down and letting the page come to rest where it may), the menu banner is so ridiculously sensitive that it often interprets as upward scrolling my merely having stopped the motion of the page and taken my fingers off the trackpad - which feels to me like lifting them straight off the trackpad, but may in fact have entailed the tiniest, most minute, humanly imperceptible motion that the menu banner code interpreted as scrolling up…causing the menu banner to studiously reappear, covering the first two lines that i just so carefully positioned at the top of the page.
you can see this hypersensitivity for yourself by going to a page that displays the offending banner, putting your fingers on your pointing device - especially (and maybe only) if you have a tactile pointing device like a trackpad or a Magic Mouse - and rolling your fingertips ever so slightly up and down. you’ll see how ridiculously, overly responsive the banner is. it’s like a hyperactive puppy that gets up and comes running because he thinks you might have thought about standing up yourself.
other times (this being study), i want to go back and re-read something i just read, and not infrequently, it’s the previous sentence or two. and scrolling…um…up…just a tiny bit to do so again causes the menu banner to drop down, which has the net effect in the user’s mind of the banner saying, “ahp! haha! no you don’t! - i’m going to drop down and cover exactly what you want to see!”
regardless of where the passage i want to re-read is, it’s very helpful to one trying to read a webpage if the dimensions of the area in which the readable content is displayed don’t keep changing; to have them change continually is disconcerting and exasperating. “the top of the page is here. ohp! nope - surprise! - now it’s here! oop! haha, fooled you - now it’s back to where it was a second ago!” - it drives me bonkers. it’s like having one of those annoying moving banner ads appear on the screen, and then go away, and then reappear, ad infinitum.
imagine you were reading a printed book and the top two lines of print kept jumping back onto the previous page and then reappearing on the page you’re reading, over and over. this is almost that bad, but mitigated the slightest bit by the fact that the lines appearing and disappearing are in fact doing so in (hypersensitive) relation to some (often unintentional) input of the user’s. it’s not entirely arbitrary, but it’s so sensitive to the user’s motion that it almost has that net effect.
it’s as if the lines in your printed book jumped around every time you touched the top of the page as if you might turn it.
what i think would be awesome would be some kind of very simple clickable toggle at the top right edge of the page that would cause the banner to slide up into its shell and stay there until that toggle was clicked again…or until the user left the site altogether and then returned to it. i know!: an upward arrow at the bottom right of the banner that, when clicked and the banner slides away, becomes just a little tab hanging down from the top of the page with a downward arrow or some other symbol on it that indicates, “click to make the banner reappear.” when visible, the banner could still do all the cool automated, almost-self-willed sliding up and down it presently does (the basic concept is indeed cool), but it could be told to get out of the user’s way and stay there until the user told it to come back.
that would be much more user-friendly, imho.
thank you for reading, Bhante.