I don't think we are going to agree on this.
So you so its fine to have unreachable elements which you do see sometimes? I don't think thats good practice in any way. The footer should be taken away and only a loader should be shown.
Consistency through pages is important, but having everything reachable which you can see is even more important.
I understand your point. I personally don't care much about the footer on DEV but I can relate to your view on this.
Let's see what the discussion brings and if it will be changed 😊
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