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Forum behavior

By LNCPapa
Mar 5, 2012
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  1. What's with the forums spawning a new tab each time I jump into a thread? Is this new and intended behavior or some sort of glitch? I thought I had a key stuck on my other machine, but when the same thing happened on my laptop I figured I should let you guys know.
     
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,443   +220

    For what it's worth, that hasn't been happening to me yet. I'm using Firefox 10.0.2.

    Edit: I spoke too soon. I tried using IE 8 on this same XP home 32 bit PC and I do get what LNCPapa gets. But still not with Firefox.
     
  3. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,541   +321

    Thanks for your post and letting us know. What browser are you using Papa? Perhaps IE like mailpup? I'm trying to narrow down and hopefully replicate the issue.

    On two of my machines using Firefox, Chrome and IE10 I can't replicate this behavior. It is true however we recently added a piece of JavaScript code so that external links are all opened in a new window. Internal links (anything within techspot.com) should open normally, in the active tab/window.
     
  4. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    I get the same issue using XP and IE7 (I know... but I can't install an alternative browser at work). Also pops up a new window when I click on next page in the forums.

    Works normally at home using the latest FF/Chrome.
     
  5. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,576   +47

    This is happening with me and i don't like it :( Even when i select the next page of topics it's opening a new window.

    I am using Firefox 10.0.2 on Windows 7 32bit. Hope it gets fixed soon guys.
     
  6. bgandy

    bgandy TS Rookie Posts: 29

    It works fine on my pc with both firefox and ie. Would the version of Java that each user has have any effect on this?

    Sent from my DROID BIONIC using Tapatalk
     
  7. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    I'm using an older version of Firefox and it is displaying correctly.

    If using a tabbed browser, might check in Tools> Options> Tabs to see if any setting has changed- or if a setting can be chosen to open in same window.
     
  8. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Topic Starter Posts: 4,316   +268

    Third machine (at work) using Chrome 18.0.1025.45 beta-m on Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 64-bit. Everything I click on in the forums spawns another tab including next page. Using JRE 7 u1 (I know... I need to update it). The same thing happens on Firefox 10.0.2 on this machine.
     
  9. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    Please update Java: Java Updates . Uninstall any earlier versions in Add/Remove Programs as they are vulnerabilities for the system. Recommended Version 6 Update 31

    Remove any earlier entries in Firefox and Chrome also.

    Be sure to check all download screens for any pre-check toolbars or BHO> if found, remove the check before the download..
     
  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,556   +301

    Forums behaving normally for me. Opera 11.61 on OS X.

    Also works in Firefox 8.0.1, but FF is now updating. Will update with what happens.

    Update: Also seems to be behaving normally for me in FF 10.0.2 (again, OS X).
     
  11. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,576   +47

    My Java's up to date as of today, but a new tab still opens up when clicking a topic. Everything my browser depends on including the browser itself is fully updated and working. I have no stupid toolbars or anything like that. The only website that's changed in the past day on my end is Techspot.

    There's nothing wrong on my end, I can assure.
     
     
  12. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,426   +317

    Personally didn't expect Java to be a factor as it is not self-evident on the Client side and if used on the Server side (ie jsp pages), the results would be transparent to the browser.

    I would verify Internet Options and/or browser settings for New Page behaviors;
    some browsers allow the user to set a specific option for New Page, New Tab, and Open in New Tab.
     
  13. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,556   +301

    I think Bobbeye only mentioned Java because Papa's was out of date and he sees a ton of malware threads each day, so he just wanted Papa to get an up to date java. Not that it was going to fix the issue with new tabs.
     
  14. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,576   +47

    Firefox has 6 simple options when it comes to tabs and i haven't changed mine in a long time. I have had a fiddle around with them but nothing changes here.

    What has happened has happened on Techspot's side from here, this is a fact.
     
  15. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Topic Starter Posts: 4,316   +268

    I've found a difference in behavior on the same machine and browser. If you enter the forums by clicking on "Forums" at the top then you get the desired behavior of a single tab used. If you enter the forums by either selecting "Currently Active Topics" or "Subscribed Threads" then you get the bad (many tabs) behavior. Hope this helps.
     
  16. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    Papa, I just left a thread about slow loading of the TechSpot site tonight. Funny thing though- the loading just flew in this forum!

    To those concerned with my suggestions:
    Yes, keeping Java updated is burned into my soul! A few million hours in the V&M Forum will do that to you!

    Mr. Benny, with all due respects: I didn't say the problem was caused by a tab setting- I simply suggested you check it. One learns after a while that sometimes it helps to check the simple things first!

    And Mr. Benny and jobeard, I also suggested "If using a tabbed browser, might check in Tools> Options> Tabs to see if any setting has changed- or if a setting can be chosen to open in same window.

    Yes, it is daunting when things don't work like they should. And it's helpful to share our experiences.

    But frankly, I would consider a Thank You for a suggestion more appropriate, even if it doesn't solve the problem instead of criticizing the suggestion[​IMG]
     
  17. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,076   +76

    Same issue for me with Chrome on W7 x64
     
  18. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    I'm looking into it. Java has nothing to do with this. It's a Javascript issue.
     
  19. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    It should be fixed by now, please confirm.
     
  20. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,003   +1,503

    I usually open links in new tabs by habit anyway, so I didn't notice the issue as quickly. However the issue seems to be present in Opera 11.61 as well.

    Even though the issue is less annoying for me, I thought I would share my findings.
     
  21. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,541   +321

    Thank you everyone for your feedback and apologies for the bugs. As always we are trying to do things better but it's inevitable to hit some bumps along the way. Mario uploaded new code about an hour ago that is meant to fix the issue. Please let us know :)
     
  22. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,003   +1,503

    Working for me. :)

    Clicked two links and I'm still on the same tab.
     
  23. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Working now!
     
  24. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,576   +47

    It's working fine on my end now. Thanks guys :)

    And with all due respects, Mrs Bobbye, I never once did say that you said the problem was caused by tab settings.
     
  25. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 808   +51

    Same here.

    I used the Trident (IE) engine in Lunascape and I didn't notice any problem other than excruciatingly slow loading times. Same with IE9.
    Java, Flash, SilverLight are all updated to the latest versions.
     


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