would it not be better to simply load any not-yet-loaded posts upon the pressing of CTRL+F
Unfortunately that wouldn't scale. If you pressed ctrl-F on page one of a 200 page topic, you'll explode your browser 😄
Just wondering, how then would the current in-topic system avoid that problem when it's not erroneously redirecting you to the search page?
See, I always alienate somebody XD I figured having the ctrl-F-jacking only on the topic page would be less invasive, but somehow it's more.
The problem for me is the inconsistency: if every other page also exhibits the same or extremely similar behaviour (in this case, jumping to the search field up top), I wouldn't have a problem with it.
(Of course it's usually better not to override default browser functionality... hint hint 😉 )