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Forum browsing improvement idea

Postby Kerii » Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:36 am

Hi, just wanted to toss up an idea about the way the forum handles links.

On almost every other forum I use, clicking a link opens the link in a new tab, but on here it redirects the current page. This causes problems sometimes when I start browsing the link (youtube/review/online store/ASGI's own store/etc) and then closing the tab when I'm done. I then try to look through my tabs to find ASGI forums again only to then realize I just closed the tab that had the ASGI forums in it.

Of course, this is my personal preference, but I believe the pros would outweigh any cons there might be (I honestly can't think of any besides that it might slow down people who only have 512MB RAM on their PC). Input from other users and admins would of course be needed. If everyone here is used to the way the links are handled or prefers it, I guess I can't really say anything.
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Re: Forum browsing improvement idea

Postby baklash 1337 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:19 am

I always just use Mouse 3 to open links :?
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Re: Forum browsing improvement idea

Postby Kerii » Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:31 pm

Well, guess this would have no effect for you then.

It's more of an annoyance for me since I use Mouse 3 for fast scrolling and often end up unintentionally opening links on cluttered sites, so I ended up just disabling Mouse 3 link opening.
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Re: Forum browsing improvement idea

Postby snipeakid » Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:05 pm

I just right click links for all sites.
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Re: Forum browsing improvement idea

Postby faden » Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:20 pm

Forum does not control how the links pop up your browser does.

I have used several different browsers and middle click and left click sometimes opens a new tab, window, or the same window.
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Re: Forum browsing improvement idea

Postby Kerii » Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:37 am

Actually it is in fact the way the forum formats URLs when entered in posts.

A link like this would redirect the current page to Google:
<a href="http://www.google.com">Google</a>

Whereas this would open a new tab to Google:
<a href="http://www.google.com" target="_blank">Google</a>

You can try for yourself here: http://www.quackit.com/html/codes/html_link_code.cfm

Generally, websites use the first type of link when pointing to pages on its own site to prevent clutter, and use the second type of link when linking to content on a different site. The second type allows webmasters to keep visitors on their own site (by retaining an open tab), while still allowing them to go browse other sites. And when the user is done with the other site and closes the tab, they're greeted with the tab they were browsing earlier.

The middle-click new tab and right-click new tab features were created specifically by browser makers to address this organizational issue, though most websites nowadays have struck a good balance of when to use the first or second link type.

Yeah I know, sounds maybe a bit picky for such a small thing, but as a former webmaster myself, I just thought it strange to find a site in 2012 that uses purely the first link type, and especially on a forum where links and such pop up in the middle of discussions all the time. :?

This link covers the details on how it's implemented on a phpBB type board:
http://www.phpbb.com/kb/article/links-o ... w-windows/
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Re: Forum browsing improvement idea

Postby snipeakid » Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:22 pm

you remind me of a friend...

but I would just get used to it, it can get annoying but after a while it is nonexistent.
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