New windows for everything

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Colin-H, Feb 8, 2003.

  1. Colin-H

    Colin-H Second Unit

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    I find it extremely annoying that the site pops up new windows for everything linked in a post, and a host of other links, too. It’s not long after I start reading the HTF that I have six or more broswer windows open. On top of the fact that it’s annoying, there are legitimate reasons why it’s bad practice. If someone wants the page to open in a new window, they can specifically tell the browser to do so. It shouldn’t be forced upon us.
     
  2. Ronald Epstein

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    Well, Colin, I am sorry you feel that way, but
    the fact that a new browser opens up with every
    link clicked is actually a benefit that many more
    members have been enjoying here for quite some time.

    The biggest benefit is not losing your place when
    you go to a linked site.

    In all the years this forum has been in existence
    I don't think I have received one complaint
    regarding the way we force new browser openings
    when clicking on a link. As a matter of fact, this
    sort of practice is becoming mainstream across the
    net for the sole purpose that it's convenient for
    those that don't want to have to use their BACK
    button to wade through a number of pages in order
    to get back to the place they started.

    I realize you will probably disagree with the way
    we look at this, so I'll tell you what -- if we
    get a majority of the membership complaining about
    the way we force these browser openings, we will
    certainly consider changing it.

    Thanks for offering your opinion.
     
  3. Nigel McN

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    actually I agree with Colin 100%, it is something I hate about pretty much everywhere that does it (it is almost universal on forums). I find it annoying when others make the 'new window or not' decision for me. This annoyance has subsided a little now that I use Phoenix for browsing.

    Just noting that Colin isn't alone.
     
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    I also like the way things are now. If I'm reading the link above correctly, the complaint is you can't use the back button to go back from the new window. So what? I got back here fine by coming back to this window, and didn't feel any need to try to get back here by using the back button in that other window. [​IMG]
     
  6. Tony-B

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    I am used to the way things run at the moment. I am fine with it. There is no real need to change the operation right now, since that may screw up some users who are used to the forum.
     
  7. Nigel McN

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    It is nothing to do with the back button, It is about browsing how I want to browse rather than having it forced on you, if you get my meaning. With a normal link I choose how I want it to open (now using Phoenix it is usually in a new tab) in a new window or a the current one, forcing a new window is a removal of choice.

    And as I said above I am not complaining, merely commenting that Colin isn't unique in his dislike for forced new windows. Even though I use pheonix now there are still a few places that require a new window.
     
  8. Colin-H

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    This could possibly (and probably should) be a userprop.
     
  9. Luke_Y

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    I LIKE to open links in a new window and I LIKE that I don't have to "shift click" to do it. [​IMG]
     
  10. Nigel McN

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    just and example of one site that does it 'right', http://www.aardvark.co.nz/ (scroll down to the actual article collection) the articles have icons next to them which open in a new window and normal links beside them.
     
  11. Jeff Ulmer

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    I think it's fine as is. It is very easy to simply close the new window once you are done looking at it.
     
  12. Eric_E

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    I'm all for new windows. I much prefer things the way they are now as opposed to having to lose my place and go back multiple pages. It's especially useful if someone wants to point out something on a certain site without having to go back and forth between pages.
     

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