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When I follow a link I could just as easily end up in the middle of a page (with hidden address bar) via location hashes as I could at the top (with address bar visible).

Is leaving someone at the top of the page with the address bar hidden really doing something the user doesn’t expect/know how to address? Users know how to get back to the address bar if they’ve scrolled down a page themselves (scroll back up), and they have to deal with this behavior from links that contain location hashes already.

As long as the JavaScript is robust enough to not break behaviors like scrolling to the top when a location hash is present, or after a user has manually scrolled beyond a certain distance, should it matter whether the experience is top of the page or middle of the page?