Top of Page
I spent years working on government web sites; a side effect of working in a government town. And if there's one thing the government has it's information. Lots of it. They like to post it to the web in bucketfuls. Of course, with that you'll find long documents.
Inevitably, I'd get asked to pop "Top of Page" links liberally throughout the page. Space them out just far enough that you hoped you never saw two in the window at the same time. The standard template — that every page on every government site is supposed to use — has that link sitting at the very bottom. But I always wondered...
Do we even need them?
I say, no. I feel this way about any feature that serves to mimic something a browser already does. Like print buttons that just execute
window.print(). Or bookmark links that were meant to add the page to your browser (I'm not even talking of the multitude of social bookmarking links that have popped their silly heads all over the place). Or back links as if the user never realized how to use that back button in their browser.
But those other "features" are rarely used these days, unlike our friend the "Top of Page" link which I still see all over the place (although admittedly less so in the blogosphere). It's about time to see it fall by the wayside like the rest of them.
Isn't it time we left it behind?