When we landed the asynchronous location bar, some people started to see substantially slower results. This was alarming since it was supposed to end up speeding or staying the same for everyone. After some investigation, we realized that the AutoComplete code was doing something very dumb with asynchronous searches. The problem was that the code would not actually handle the user pressing the enter key until the next set of results came in. Not only did this result in slower processing of the user’s selection, it also meant that weird race conditions would come up such as up opening a new tab, pasting a url in, press enter, and then switch tabs resulting in the reloading of the page that was just switched to. In other words, epic fail all around.
Luckily, the fix was trivial. Now we handle the enter keypress immediately when the user hits it, and not later. Problem solved :)