I've gotten a few e-mails recently about links opening in a new window and so I thought I'd see what the general consensus was.
Currently, links to freebie sites open in the same window. They can be set to open in a new window / tab, but that setting would then take away the option from you.
As most webmasters see it, users should have almost total control over their own surfing habits. Site shouldn't force a link to open in a new window, but instead let users have the option. For instance, I enjoy links opening in new tabs and I do this by using the scroll wheel on my mouse. Most people don't realize that the scroll wheel is also a button and by using it to click a link in Firefox, it'll automatically open the link in a new tab. I don't know if this works with IE or Chrome, but I'd suspect that it does.
There is also another method, which is to right-click on any link and select “open link in a new tab/window.” This is clearly more ineffective, but research shows it's the most popular. *insert picture of me scratching my head.*
However, the more I think about it, the more keen I am to opening freebie links in a new tab for HIF. Most sites don't have nearly as many links as we do, thanks to the nature of posting freebies. Chime in by voting / commenting and letting me know how you feel about it!
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