On many sites being software repositories often when I click "download" I am redirected to another page, when there is a countdown (eg. 5 seconds) to download. But I can click "direct link" (in case if "downloading does not work properly").
What is this delay for? Does it have something common with UX? The only reason I can imagine is that I am to be somehow ensured about downloading.
There can of course be some server solution requiring this delay, but usually this direct link works too, so sending the file to download doesn't require some preliminary operations.