I totally agree about the wasted landscape. This is one of the things I really hate about NewSearch, especially on "bad hand" days when musculoskeletal problems are acting up.
In addition there are nonsensical items in forms, such as US Census search forms.
For the Census-wide search it makes some sense to have the slot for "Year" following the descriptor "Any Event" -- if the search engine uses that slot to search for such things as immigration dates (does it?).
However, for the 1850 through 1870 enumerations the only 'event' that might be written in is for 1870, when the instruction to the enumerator is to write in the ~month~ (not the year) if a person were married within the year or born within the year. For 1850 and 1860 there is a box to check if a person were married within the year, and occasionally an enumerator does write in the month, but it is not called for.
The ~search forms~, however do not allow the searcher to search for the *month* of an event, including for 1870.
For 1850 through 1870, the "location" field next to "Any Event" year field is grayed out. Why is it there at all if the searcher cannot use it for something? Why not just remove that whole segment following the text "Any Event", for 1850 through 1870?