Unfortunately it probably is indeed true that the folks who built the websites you are talking about are not actively participating in this forum. However, so I might try to find them and pass the feedback on to them, I have a follow-up question:
In the browser I use (Google Chrome on Linux) the “search in page” keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+F, which does seem to work as expected at least on
terraform.io (which I’m assuming was your main motivation, since you posted this in the Terraform category). I assume you’re using a different browser that has different conventions; if so, can you tell me which browser that is so I can pass that information on?
Unfortunately it seems to be a pretty typical convention at this point that the forward slash button activates a site’s own custom search functionality. Putting aside pages that were designed directly by folks at HashiCorp, I also see that same functionality on GitHub (activates the repository/whole-site search box), this forum whose software was written by a third party (it’s Discourse), YouTube (activates the site search box), Twitter (activates the site search box)…
While I’m not personally accustomed to pressing the unmodified
/ key for any reason in my browser (it was interesting to try it on various websites after learning about it from your post here!), it does unfortunately seem to be precedent that websites are “expected to” use that keyboard shortcut, and that’s perhaps why the HashiCorp sites do. I’m happy to pass on the feedback regardless, but it does seems like a bigger problem than just HashiCorp’s own sites.