News articles now open in the same tab...

By captaincranky · 12 replies
Apr 28, 2012
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  1. When clicking on the "read the article here" link, in the forum version of a front page news article, the articles now open in the same tab. Formerly the full article opened in a separate tab.

    I confess I really liked it the old way better, where the news article opened in its own tab. Since then, you didn't have to back out of the news page to get back to the forum to comment.

    I'm basing this on the idea that a signed in forum member probably doesn't want to post a comment on the news page, (much less control), and it's much easier just to click the tab away when you're done reading the page.

    Is anybody with me on this one....?:confused:
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,189   +471

    I prefer the old way too. The new way is not horrible but if given my druthers, I'd like a new tab as well.
  3. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    They’re still working on the board development captain, but in any case, the simple solution to your problem is to click the link with the much neglected middle mouse button instead of the overused left.
  4. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    I open links in a new tab by habit, so it doesn't make much difference to me.
    BTW, the "Posting Rules" page doesn't seem to have been migrated to the new board. The member titles and community guidelines page I mean.
  5. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    Yep. I'm with you man.

    I posted in this thread (post #39)
    Julio replied:
    Then it didn't change, so several days later I posted this:
    Julio replied:
    So yep, its getting worked on. I don't know a time frame, but sounds like it will go back to the 'old' way in time.
  7. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    Yeah, I had already read them. The ToS was added later obviously.
    I know Matt linked to it. That links to VB. I was talking about XF. The member titles description isn't there like earlier. Fortunately, it's taped to the inside of my wardrobe, so ain't a problem. Haha.
    It'll take some time, working on the whole site. But what's change without some challenge?
  8. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    @ SNGX1275

    In case you didn't see it, which from what you write appears likely, I posted a simple solution in my first post in this thread.
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,747   +3,712

    Some links opening in the same tab and others opening in different tabs are confusing.

    I prefer all links open in the same tab, I can right click and open them in a different tab when I want them to.
  10. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    I don't have a preference.
    When I'm scrolling through the news, I middle click (open in a new tab, but don't switch to it) all the ones I want to read, and after I get through all the new ones I close that tab and look at all the tabs I opened, so it doesn't matter to me either way.

    I could see how people would prefer it the old way.
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    I saw it. It is just an unsatisfactory solution, it is a 'workaround' that involves an extra step that was not necessary in the past. I do most of my browsing on a notebook and I don't want to have to do any "right clicking" (its a mac, but even if it wasn't a right click brings up a menu) or holding down a key when I click. I know how to do all of those things, but that isn't the point. The point is it should pop open a new tab. Links in posts pop a new tab just like they used to.
  12. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,679   +992

    Links to full news will be open in new window very soon, as SNGX pointed out from my replies. Besides that, link behavior is the same as always, most recently (before XenForo) we made it so that all internal links open in the same window (TechSpot links) and all external links going to third parties open in a new window.
  13. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,679   +992

    Done. New stories posted since this afternoon will open in a new window.

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